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Rastafarianism came to prominence in the late 1960’s / 1970’s and had a
huge influence on the musical culture in Jamaica. The sentiments of the
songs reflected the struggles of life, as reggae music always did but now
with an added spiritual/ conscious element to the lyrics. By the mid 1970’s
most if not all the top flight singers were following the doctrine and growing
their hair to dreadlocks. Everything was truly ‘Dread’.


At the heart of this musical explosion was again producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee a
man who was always at the heart of the action and many times in his career
ahead of the musical game. As Bunny Lee’s stable of singers were at this time
nearly all Rasta’s and with the worldwide acceptance of Bob Marley, in especially
the foreign territories, this musical style was the way forward for reggae music in
the mid-1970’s. The visual focal point of this new turn in reggae music would be
a call to all things ‘Dread’. Add to the mix Bunny Lee’s close working relationship
with studio wizard King Tubby, again not a Rasta himself, but someone who could
sonically bring what was needed to the table and enable the whole musical
chemistry to fall into place. Heavy rhythms were created to match the heavy
and serious lyrics and ‘Versions Galore’ as they say were coming out fast and furious.

We have compiled a set of conscious tunes that not only match the `Dread’
criteria, but also are just great tunes. The great Jacob Miller’s ‘Zion Gates’,
Cornell Campbell’s ‘Two Faced Rasta’, Horace Andy’s ‘It’s Gonna Be Dread’
alongside Linval Thompson’s `Never Conquer Jah’. Two timeless cuts from
‘The Abyssinians’ get a fresh outing by two great singers, firstly Don Carlos’s
cut to ‘Satta Massaganna’ and the prince of reggae himself Dennis Brown
works ‘Declaration of Rights’ in fine style. Johnny Clarke’s ‘Man Like Me’ and
‘Dem Say Rasta’ still sound as fresh today as when they were first laid down
and Wayne Jarrett’s ‘Live On Jah’ and Frankie Jones ‘Satta and Praise Jah’
add to this great selection. All great ‘Dread’ tunes that were cut or voiced at
King Tubby’s giving them that extra shine.
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So if you are Rasta or not this is a great set of tunes to make you move and
also like all the best things in life make you think also…

Hope you enjoy the set.



CD Track Listing

1 Zion Gates - Jacob Miller
2 Satta Massagana -
Don Carlos
3 Dem A Say Rasta - Johnny Clarke
4 It’s Gonna Be Dread -
Horace Andy
5 Declaration Of Rights -
Dennis Brown
6 Two Faced Rasta -
Cornell Campbell
7 Every Rasta Is a Star -
Ronnie Davi­s
8 This World -
Horace Andy
9 Man Like Me -
Johnny Clarke
10 Satta and Praise Jah -
Frankie Jones
11 Never Conquer Jah -
Linval Thompson
12 Rightess Rasta Man -
Cornell Campbell
13 Live On Jah -
Wayne Jarrett
14 Wicked Babylon -
Linval Thompson
15 Life is a Funny Thing -
Leroy Smart*
16 Natural Facts -
Cornell Campbell*
17 Ride On -
Johnny Clarke*

*CD Bonus tracks

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1 Zion Gates - Jacob Miller
2 Satta Massagana -
Don Carlos
3 Dem A Say Rasta - Johnny Clarke
4 It’s Gonna Be Dread -
Horace Andy
5 Declaration Of Rights -
Dennis Brown
6 Two Faced Rasta -
Cornell Campbell
7 Every Rasta Is a Star -
Ronnie Davi­s

Side 2

1 This World - Horace Andy
2 Man Like Me -
Johnny Clarke
3 Satta and Praise Jah -
Frankie Jones
4 Never Conquer Jah -
Linval Thompson
5 Rightess Rasta Man -
Cornell Campbell
6 Live On Jah -
Wayne Jarrett
7 Wicked Babylon -
Linval Thompson

Musicians Include:
Sly Dunbar: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare: Bass
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar
Willie Lingo: Rhythm Guitar
Winston wright: Organ
Jackie Mitto: Piano
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet
Deadley ‘Headley’ Bennett & Vin Gordon: Trombone

Rhythms Recorded at: Channel 1, Harry J’s, Randy’s Studio 17, Dynamic and King Tubby’s Studio
Mixed and Voiced at: King Tubby’s Studio
Produced by: Bunny Lee
Design By: Gary @Voodoo London
Manufactured Under License from: E. Lee