The set 12 Inches Of Dub has been available on CD and via streaming platforms for the first time since November 8, 2019. Kariculture.net invites you to listen to a few tracks.
It features the Roots Radics band in their prime with mixes by Scientist and the entire General Echo album as a bonus in a deluxe digipack with detailed liner notes. “The dubs connect to several other artists and albums across the Junjo Lawes stable, including Rod Taylor’s “Where Is Your Love Mankind” LP (GREL17), and tracks by Barrington Levy (“Fulfillment”), Wayne Jarrett (“Dreadlocks Postman”), Flick Wilson (“Yallas Pond”), and Little John (“Tell Me What You Want To Be”), among others. The album presents alternate mixes to Scientist’s The Dub Album They Didn’t Want You To Hear!”, explained Carter Van Pelt, Director of Catalog Development, VP Records.
The famous Roots Radics band was formed in 1978 by bassist Errol “Flabba” Holt, drummer Lincoln “Style” Scott, and guitarist Eric “Bingy Bunny” LaMont and, within several years, it became the most in-demand session band at Kingston’s Channel One recording studio, backing reggae superstar Gregory Isaacs in concerts around the globe and on his iconic Night Nurse album.
“The band was heard on hundreds of key tracks during the early 80s, often working for top producers Henry “Junjo” Lawes and Linval Thompson, providing the massive yet crisp rhythms found on now iconic dub albums featuring engineer Scientist. Their sparse sound can be heard on breakout recordings from Barrington Levy (“Collie Weed”), Yellowman (“I’m Getting Married,” “Zungguzunnguguzungguzeng”), Frankie Paul (“Kushumpeng), Michael Prophet (“Gun Man”), and Eek-A-Mouse (“Ganja Smuggling”), while helping propel the career of Bunny Wailer into the 80s (Rock and Groove LP) as well as veteran John Holt (Police In Helicopter LP) and Johnny Osbourne (“Ice Cream Love”)”, continued Carter Van Pelt.
It must be known that producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes was the leading reggae and dancehall producer in Jamaica from 1980 to 1984 and he participated in the success of artists like Barrington Levy, Yellowman, Eek-A-Mouse, Michael Prophet, Frankie Paul, and others. “Lawes worked with VP Records to launch the Jah Guidance imprint in the US and licensed key recordings to Greensleeves in the UK, as well as Jah Life in the US. Lawes is the producer with the most recordings on VP’s 40th anniversary box set, “Down In Jamaica – 40 Years Of VP Records”, released on October 25th“, said Carter Van Pelt.