Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Jah Thomas Meets The Roots Radics ~ Dubbing
Jah Thomas & The Roots Radics
Trojan
CD
27- 09 - 1999

Track list
  1. House Of Parliament Dub
  2. Minister Of State Dub
  3. Opposition Dub
  4. Socialist Dub
  5. Communist Dub
  6. Policeman Dub
  7. Soldierman Dub
  8. Housewife Dub
  9. Midwife Dub
  10. Nurse Dub
  11. Doctor Dub
  12. Lawyer Dub
  13. Worldwide Dub
  14. Jamaica Labour Party Dub
  15. People's National Party Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
Nkrumah Jah Thomas started out as a deejay somewhere in the mid seventies. He made his recording debut for producer Alvin Ranglin in 1976 with 'Midnight Rock'. In 1978 he was able te release an album -'Stop Yu Loafin'- for Channel One producer JoJo Hookim. In 1979 he became active as a producer, producing hitsingles for artists such as Johnny Osbourne, Triston Palma, Anthony Johnson, Sugar Minott and Barrington Levy. In the early 80s he was firmly established as one of Jamaica's leading independent producers.
Much of his success was due to technical skills of leading engineers as Peter Chemist, Sylvan Morris, Soljie, Barnabas, Bunny Tom Tom and young Scientist who supervised his sessions at the famed Channel One studio at Maxfield Avenue, in the heart of Kingston's Trenchtown. Most of Jah Thomas' recordings were backed by the Roots Radics. They dominated the Jamaican music scene from the late 70s throughout the early 80s. The band included such talented musicians as Earl 'Flabba' Holt (bass), Dwight Pickney (lead guitar), Eric 'Bingy Bunny' Lamont (rhythm guitar), Lincoln Valentine 'Style' Scott (drums), Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson (organ) and on piano Gladstone Anderson. Augmenting their sound on many of Jah Thomas' productions was a horns section which featured Bobby Ellis on trumpet, Vincent 'Don Drummond Junior' Gordon on trombone and saxophonists Dean Fraser, 'Deadly' Headley Bennett and Dave Madden.
This collection is a mixture of 'rub-a-dub' and pre-digital reggae. Most of the tunes performed here have become classic Jah Thomas' dancehall productions, voiced by artists such as Triston Palma, Anthony Johnson, Early B and Barrington Levy. Just like most Jamaican producers Jah Thomas reverts to solid Studio One riddims, turning them into 'new' solid tunes. Highlights on the album are Opposition Dub, the dub cut to Triston Palma's ganja classic 'Joker Smoker' and Communist Dub which uses the 'No No No' riddim and became a hit for Triston Palma as 'For Health And Strength'.