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Options July 27, 2017: Full Dose of Dub

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Noel Ellis   Rocking Universally   Options Noel Ellis  1983    0:00:59 (Pop‑up)
Tommy McCook & The Agrovators  The Dub Station   Options King Tubby Meets the Agrovators at Dub Station  1975  mixed by King Tubby  0:07:51 (Pop‑up)
Niney the Observer  Rich and Poor Dub   Options Sledgehammer Dub in the Streets of Jamaica  1977  feat. the Cimarrons, mixed by Tubby  0:11:33 (Pop‑up)
The Revolutionaries  Lightning Dub   Options Top Ranking Dub Vol. 1  1978  mixed by Crucial Bunny  0:14:29 (Pop‑up)
Sylvan Morris  Ashanti Skank   Options Dub Wise (Morris on Dub)  1975  aka Ashanti Dub, aka Ashanti Ganja  0:18:18 (Pop‑up)
Tommy McCook & The Agrovators  African Jumpers   Options Super Star - Disco Rockers  1977  prod. Bunny Lee  0:21:11 (Pop‑up)
4th Street Orchestra  Kunta Klap   Options Scientific  1978  Dennis Bovell, aka Blackbeard  0:25:00 (Pop‑up)
Joe Gibbs & The Professionals  Roots Kunta Kinte   Options No Bones For The Dogs - Dubs From The Mighty Two 1974 to 1979  197?    0:27:51 (Pop‑up)
Bunny Lee & The Aggrovators  Shalin Temple Dub   Options Super Dub Disco Style  1979    0:31:02 (Pop‑up)
Jah Woosh  Chalis Blaze   Options Chalis Blaze  1976    0:34:39 (Pop‑up)
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires  Popcorn   Options Reggay Roun' The World  1973    0:37:03 (Pop‑up)
Upsetters  Popcorn   Options Eastwood Rides Again  1970    0:39:43 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
One Punch   Options Return of Django      0:40:37 (Pop‑up)
Carlton & "Family Man" Barrett  Bradsta Dub   Options Macka Dub  197?  aka The Sound of Macka Dub  0:52:53 (Pop‑up)
Carlton & "Family Man" Barrett  Ista Episode   Options Macka Dub  197?    0:54:58 (Pop‑up)
Carlton & "Family Man" Barrett  Hawks Theme   Options Macka Dub  197?    0:57:18 (Pop‑up)
Carlton & "Family Man" Barrett  Mike-O-Lete   Options Macka Dub  197?    1:01:15 (Pop‑up)
Carlton & "Family Man" Barrett  Capo Dub   Options Macka Dub  197?    1:04:29 (Pop‑up)
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics  Ride De Dub   Options Pleasure Dub  1976  mixed by Errol Brown  1:08:46 (Pop‑up)
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics  Rema Skank   Options Pleasure Dub  1976  mixed by Errol Brown  1:10:57 (Pop‑up)
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics  Side Walk Doctor   Options Pleasure Dub  1976  mixed by Errol Brown  1:13:02 (Pop‑up)
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics  I Shave the Barber   Options Pleasure Dub  1976  mixed by Errol Brown  1:15:48 (Pop‑up)
Winston Riley  I'll Be Waiting   Options Meditation Dub  1977    1:18:32 (Pop‑up)
Winston Riley  Find A Fool   Options Meditation Dub  1977    1:22:06 (Pop‑up)
Winston Riley  Marry Me   Options Meditation Dub  1976    1:24:12 (Pop‑up)
King Tubby & Jacob Miller  ???   E-E Saw Dub  1975    1:26:11 (Pop‑up)
King Tubby & Jacob Miller  ???   E-E Saw Dub  1975    1:29:26 (Pop‑up)
King Tubby & Jacob Miller  ???   E-E Saw Dub  1975    1:32:45 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Jah Woosh 
Meditation Dub   Options Jah Woosh      1:42:32 (Pop‑up)
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke  Black Foundation   Options Black Foundation Dub  1977  prod. by Gussie, engineered/mixed by Tubby  1:43:03 (Pop‑up)
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke  Murderer   Options Black Foundation Dub  1977    1:45:51 (Pop‑up)
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke  Rocking Vibrations   Options Black Foundation Dub  1977    1:48:55 (Pop‑up)
Gregory Isaacs  War of the Stars   Options Mr. Isaacs  1978  bonus track (?) on reissue, not on orig. LP  1:51:08 (Pop‑up)
Inner Circle  Addis-Abba Rock   Options Killer Dub  1978    1:56:19 (Pop‑up)
Tapper Zukie  Cally Dolly   Options Man Ah Warrior  1973    1:59:23 (Pop‑up)
Cedric Im Brooks & The Light Of Saba  Lambs Bread Collie   Options The Magical Light Of Saba  197?    2:03:37 (Pop‑up)
King Tubby / Skatalites  Herb Dub - Collie Dub   Options Herb Dub = Collie Dub Collie Dub = Herb Dub  1976  dub version of "The Legendary Skatalites"  2:06:33 (Pop‑up)
King Tubby / Skatalites  African Dub   Options Herb Dub = Collie Dub Collie Dub = Herb Dub  1976  dub version of "The Legendary Skatalites"  2:10:25 (Pop‑up)
Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby's  Dub With A Difference   Options In Dub Conference Volume One  1976    2:13:18 (Pop‑up)
Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby's  Full Dose Of Dub   Options In Dub Conference Volume One  1976    2:16:10 (Pop‑up)
Harry Mudie / Rhythm Rulers  Mudie's Mood   Options Mudie's Mood  1970    2:19:16 (Pop‑up)
Harry Mudie / Lloyd Jones  Rome   Options Mudie's Mood  1970  probably with the Rhythm Rulers  2:21:55 (Pop‑up)
Jackie Mittoo  From Russia With Love   Options Last Train to Skaville  1965-7    2:24:43 (Pop‑up)
Jackie Mittoo  The Sniper   Options Show Case Vol. 3  1977    2:29:01 (Pop‑up)
The Revolutionaries  Kissinger / Death Sentence   Options Earthquake Dub  1975-77  bonus tracks (?), not on orig. LP  2:33:01 (Pop‑up)
The Gay Lads  Africa   Options Africa / Never Let You Country Down 7"  1966    2:39:27 (Pop‑up)
Silvertones  African Dub (Version)   Options African Dub / African Dub (Version) 7"  1977  Prod. Jerry Maytal  2:42:28 (Pop‑up)
Noel Ellis   Marcus Garvey   Options Noel Ellis  1983    2:45:56 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
M. Baroty et A. Dieng 
  Rhythmes Africains      2:52:13 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 5:51pm Flash Strap:

It's hot let's dub it out
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm doctorjazz:

Rub a dub dub, I'll listen in the tub.
Avatar 6:44pm Flash Strap:

Rubber Docky, Hi good evening
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm doctorjazz:

Avatar 7:00pm Flash Strap:

Okay, here we go
  7:00pm Dean:

Mentioned this on another comment board here today: Sly & Robbie are playing at the joint behind my house on Saturday night, when I have to collect my kid from the airport.
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi there Dean! damn, the Revolutionaries themselves
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Noel is Alton's kid, btw, and I'm pretty sure Mittoo is on this session. I think they were both up in Canada at this time
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

backup vocs are amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm doctorjazz:

Hey Dean, your kids can fend for themselves-they'll understand, it's SLY and ROBBIE!!!!
Avatar 7:06pm hyde:

fire bomb!
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

those kids deserve to see Sly and Robbie, take em with ya
  7:06pm Dean:

Heh, my kids would *love* to fend for themselves.
Avatar 7:07pm Flash Strap:

Hyde !
  7:07pm Dean:

If we stick our heads out our bedroom window we'll hear them. Last night we heard the Dead tribute band noodling past midnight. Hey, free music!
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

This dub has such an epic rollout
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

you'll definitely hear that famous bass if nothing else
Avatar 7:16pm Flash Strap:

that's a hell of a sample-style action right there my heads
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm doctorjazz:

This is GREAT stuff!
Avatar 7:19pm hyde:

i'm feeling like maybe i shouldn't have burned through my whole stash during Bodega Pop last night ;)
Avatar 7:23pm Flash Strap:

@Doc: music to my face

@Hyde: this is saddest thing to hear. i bleed for you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm doctorjazz:

Take 5! (in 4/4)
Avatar 7:27pm Flash Strap:

haha it's amazing isn't it
Avatar 7:28pm hyde:

@Flash heh, it's cool. i'm back to the land of legality (aka Massachusetts) tomorrow. but I may have held some back if i knew you were gonna go dub tonite!
Avatar 7:31pm Flash Strap:

well i'm pretty much incapable of combining the stuff with radio responsibilities, so I join you in dubbing with a bald head tonight

though rum is Being Had, to be sure
Avatar 7:35pm hyde:

rum seems appropriate. i actually finally found a store that carries the Lemon Hart 151 that Beachbum Berry is always calling for in his recipes. maybe i can finally make one of those drinks right.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm listener james from westwood:

Whoo, a bit late but happy to be here! Evening, all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm doctorjazz:

Time to leave the office, take you along in the car (phone app), take care, all.
I and I am going now.
Avatar 7:37pm Flash Strap:

damn, i've never seen that anywhere. we're stuck in ABC store world down here so variety is not the word

Oh better late than never, Listener James!
Avatar 7:38pm Flash Strap:

Love this popcorn. Best popcorn
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm doctorjazz:

(this is too cute, this Popcorn...)
Avatar 7:38pm geezerette:

Hey Mon!
Avatar 7:38pm hyde:

@Flash i've prowled many a liquor store looking for it and even searched for it online. just got lucky.
Avatar 7:38pm Flash Strap:

That's great Doc, I think we're in the mood for a ride!
Avatar 7:39pm Flash Strap:

too cute, or coolest track ever? let it sink into your blood cells and show you the light
Avatar 7:39pm Flash Strap:

Hi Geezerette!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm doctorjazz:

Too cute, but that's a GOOD thing (kept me sitting in my office longer, couldn't turn it off)
Avatar 7:50pm hyde:

i'm currently marveling at the idea there's a Shalin Temple dub that i assume comes from martial arts movies and a Return of Django song that comes i assume from spaghetti westerns
Avatar 7:55pm Flash Strap:

much agreed on that point, Doc!

without a doubt, Hyde! Lots of martial arts references in 70s reggae, lot's of western stuff too, esp. with early Upsetters albums: Return of Django, Clint Eastwood, Eastwood Rides Again, and The Good, The Bad And The Upsetters
Avatar 7:56pm Flash Strap:

yikes, how did i just type "lot's"

sorry everybody
Avatar 7:58pm geezerette:

During the Thunderclap my husband said,"Haha, sounds like Martin Denny"!
Avatar 7:59pm hyde:

dub, kung fu movies and spaghetti westerns is the real melting pot
Avatar 7:59pm Flash Strap:

for years there I had a bizarre misconception based on some incomplete info that Mighty Sparrow was drummer on this session, but it's a guy named Sparrow Martin
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

@G: that guy knows what I'm talkin about!

@hyde: it's astonishing how postcolonial/third worldist those Kung Fu movies are, and how aggressively Spaghetti Westerns deconstruct the american historical mythos
Avatar 8:04pm Flash Strap:

@G again: seriously it's such an interesting connection that exists between dub and exotica: both are background/atmosphere music but also make for active listening (with moments that jump out and grab you when you might have zoned out), transportive and categorically psychedelic, fascinated with the potential of the studio as an instrument
Avatar 8:06pm hyde:

@Flash though really most of the spaghetti westerns were written by commies, so that angle isn't all that surprising ;)
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

I love in Django when he machine guns a hundred red-hooded klan members... i know Corbucci is a lot less sophisticated than Hawks, but damn if that's not a better message than Rio Bravo
Avatar 8:10pm Flash Strap:

the aesthetic of the dubs on this record is basically perfect in my opinion. This is understated excellence right here
Avatar 8:12pm hyde:

Corbucci really seems like he was a total communist. the bankers and real estate owners are always the worst people in his movies. have you ever seem Companeros, te movie of his where Jack Palance plays a pot smoking mercenary who is in love with his falcon? it's not the best Corbucci, but it's amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm melinda:

Avatar 8:15pm Flash Strap:

No but I really want to! I've heard it's wild. I agree he seems to be the most openly radical of his cohort. Corbucci is a comrade

Hi Melinda!
Avatar 8:19pm hyde:

hi melinda!
Avatar 8:19pm Flash Strap:

This record is a swampy masterpiece too
Avatar 8:20pm hyde:

for Corbucci i also really really like The Great Silence and Navajo Joe
Avatar 8:22pm Flash Strap:

Navajo Joe isn't just amazing, doesn't just have the super-rare native protagonist, it has probably the most intense and awesome Morricone soundtrack... love that one. Need to see the other though
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

burt reynolds is pretty good in it, in a way
Avatar 8:27pm hyde:

TCM would show Navajo Joe periodically and i would always annoy the gf for a day or so afterwards by repeating Nava-jo Joe Nava-jo Joe for days.

i also love Nicoletta Machiavelli, who is amazing in that movie and then when she got typecast basically said well, screw it if you guys aren't giving me better parts to play, i'm not acting anymore.
Avatar 8:27pm Flash Strap:

oh shit, Great Silence is the one with Kinski, that's right! man I need to see that ASAP
Avatar 8:29pm Flash Strap:

love the synthi sound on this record
Avatar 8:29pm hyde:

@Flash i actually think Great Silence is maybe his best movie
Avatar 8:30pm Flash Strap:

Corbucci's or Kinksi's?
Avatar 8:33pm Flash Strap:

synthi sound SO GOOD
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:35pm melinda:

Yes, synthi!
Avatar 8:36pm hyde:

@Flash Corbucci's. Kinski's greatest work is Aguirre!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Doug Schulkind:

I dub you very much.
  8:44pm Dean:


How come nobody owns it?
Avatar 8:44pm Flash Strap:

Dub Schulkind! Hello
Avatar 8:46pm Flash Strap:

Aguirre is definitely the best Kinksi, yeah. Not even Fitzcarraldo can top it. I like Cobra Verde a lot though
Avatar 8:47pm Flash Strap:

@Dean: boggles the mind
Avatar 8:51pm Flash Strap:

that Gussie record has such a direct & visceral sound, real street cruising funk
Avatar 8:52pm Little Danny:

Flash! Fellow explorers! Late but still highly stoked to be here
Avatar 8:52pm Flash Strap:

Hi LD! Welcome back to radio land brother
Avatar 8:53pm Little Danny:

Thank you! I'm so happy to be back
  8:54pm Dean:

Thanks to doctorjazz I recently picked up the Trojan rare dub comp, 3CDs, to begin to make inroads on this terrain. Like so many genres, I have a hard time starting a collection, due to the vastness of the catalog.
Avatar 8:54pm geezerette:

Evan@8:04: Beautifully put! My husband, who's a sound engineer, agrees completely. Perhaps especially ,"...with the potential of the studio as an instrument."
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

I like that comp, Dean, lots of cool stuff on it
Avatar 8:58pm Flash Strap:

@G: right on

Guitar on this one! Fire!
Avatar 9:00pm Flash Strap:

i can never resist playing my main man Tapper Zukie
Avatar 9:00pm Flash Strap:

"education is what we need... education is the topic of the day!"

so awesome
  9:01pm Dean:

Recordings that make me think of studio-as-instrument, albeit where the studio is not designed for recording: Fritz Hauser's Solodrumming, which was recorded in an atrium encased in glass, and Stuart Dempster's recordings in a cistern in Washington state.
Avatar 9:04pm Flash Strap:

that reminds me of Arthur Lyman's preferred spot, the Kaiser aluminum half-dome (tho that was definitely designed to play music)

also that guy from Hawkwind who did an album of himself playing flute in the great pyramid (and that other guy who did the exact same thing, the jazz flautist)

i want to hear these recordings you reference
Avatar 9:05pm geezerette:

Non-instruments as instruments also.

Evan, Paul Horn?
Avatar 9:06pm Flash Strap:

yes, that's the one!
  9:07pm Dean:

Nik Turner. I have that album. Probably ought to listen to it again. Paul Horn, of course, did one earlier at the same location.
  9:08pm Dean:

Er, yeah, Paul Horn is the jazz flautist.
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

Yes! Nik Turner. I like them both in theory, but find them both sort of dull in practice. Tho they do have their moments, and the concept goes a long way towards lending a mystic aura
  9:10pm Dean:

I read Fanfare nowadays with regularity. Reviews often comment on how the recording venue improves or detracts from the experience of the recording. For example, the Barbican is evidently a notoriously bad venue for sound, and reviewers will note where recording sound quality suffers when it is the site of the performance.
Avatar 9:11pm geezerette:

Speaking of improvised instruments; original steel drums, whiskey jugs in jug bands...
Avatar 9:14pm Flash Strap:

ah here we go: time for some exposure to the Mudie orchestral sound
Avatar 9:15pm Flash Strap:

this is one of the most exquisite tracks in the genre, total exotica
Avatar 9:15pm geezerette:

!!! :D
Avatar 9:17pm Flash Strap:

this whole album is a colossus
Avatar 9:18pm Little Danny:

This is so great
Avatar 9:21pm Flash Strap:

Mudie was the first guy in the scene to use string arrangements and things like that, it's his calling card. this is from a 1970 compilation of earlier singles. he's cool as hell, used to run an amusement park
Avatar 9:21pm Flash Strap:

I love that track, LD
Avatar 9:24pm Flash Strap:

this song, just, wow... a lot of emotion packed in this one somehow
  9:24pm Dean:

OT, but I wonder if anybody has attempted a dub remix of Tangerine Dream and the like.
Avatar 9:24pm geezerette:

Me too. Vocal knocks me out.
Avatar 9:26pm Flash Strap:

I love Jackie Mittoo, I'll never get tired of him. I know opinions on that vary, but I'm a Mittooboy till the end of days
Avatar 9:27pm Flash Strap:

@dean: i know when I'm blazing my chalice, I like to run random songs through effects pedals into a scratchy amp and just dub them out in real time. I've messed with Tangerine Dream, but also Bobby Darin. No one is safe
Avatar 9:27pm geezerette:

High style.
Avatar 9:29pm Flash Strap:

what this track helps reveal is, what a great song From Russia With Love is, just at its base level
Avatar 9:31pm geezerette:

  9:34pm Dean:

A dare, @Flash Strap: Gidon Kremer's recent EMI traversal of the sonatas and partitas.
  9:36pm Dean:

Er, make that ECM.

Heh, Kissinger. Just wrapped up the Nixon bio I've been reading. I sure wish somebody would, uh, remix that guy.
Avatar 9:38pm Flash Strap:

I find it irresistible that "Kissinger" is immediately followed on the album by a remix called "Death Sentence"

But just to make sure, I put them right after Mittoo's "Sniper"

can't believe he still has a head
Avatar 9:39pm Flash Strap:

i will check that ECM thing out
Avatar 9:41pm Flash Strap:

bird calls!
Avatar 9:42pm geezerette:

I've never heard this! It's incredible.
Just thinking it reminded me of Fleischer cartoons.
Avatar 9:44pm Flash Strap:

i totally get that! esp. the Cab Calloway ones
Avatar 9:44pm Little Danny:

There's a brilliant version of "Africa" on Silvestre's deep Afro-Cuban "Oriza (Afro-Cuban Rhythms)" LP:
Avatar 9:45pm Flash Strap:

whoa i need to hear that!
Avatar 9:48pm Little Danny:

You would love it methinks! Rootsy Afro-Cuban percussion/chants with arrangements that lean towards the jazz/exotica end of the spectrum
Avatar 9:49pm Flash Strap:

well that's speakin my favorite language LD
Avatar 9:49pm geezerette:

Evan, exactly. 52nd St meets Klezmer. ( !!! )
Avatar 9:51pm geezerette:

Avatar 9:52pm Little Danny:

@Flash: Oriza LP located; "Africa" will be featured during first set!
Avatar 9:53pm geezerette:

Great show!
Avatar 9:53pm hyde:

great show. thanks!
Avatar 10:00pm Flash Strap:

thanks all! see you in that Blue Room!
Avatar 10:01pm Little Danny:

Thanks Evan!
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