On The Other Side Of Dub (Deluxe Edition)
Lone Ranger
September 7, 2007

Lone Ranger - On the Other Side of Dub Track list
  1. Noah In The Ark
  2. Apprentice Dentist
  3. Quarter Pound Ishen
  4. The Answer
  5. Natty Dread On The Go
  6. Screw Gone A North Coast
  7. Tribute To Marley
  8. Barnabas Collins
  9. Keep On Coming A The Dance (Extended Mix)
  10. Where Eagles Dwell
  11. Dentist Dub
  12. Collie Rock
  13. Dub Is the Answer
  14. Dub A Natty Dread
  15. Dub Gone A North Coast
  16. Tribute To Marley Version
  17. Grave Yard Skank
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Studio One is the label that discovered, and in many cases, helped create legacies for artists who became international legends, from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer of the Wailers to the Heptones, Burning Spear, Marcia Griffiths and Freddie McGregor. Even more amazing is the sheer volume of great recordings which were produced at Studio One by owner Clement S. Dodd, a true legend himself. He produced thousands of records resulting in hundreds of Jamaican hits which, in turn, inspired thousands of "versions" - adaptations of musical arrangements or blatant riddim track samples - over the years. In song after song, thirty-five year old riddims charge through the charts as if they were brand new. There are virtually unlimited examples of this practice - not only of charting with a Studio One cover version, but of succeeding simply because a song incorporates a recognizable Dodd-produced riddim. If there weren’t so many masterful riddims and bass lines in the Studio One catalog for others to use, the magic of today’s dancehall might not exist. Clement Dodd passed away in 2004, doing what he loved, working in his Brentford Road (Kingston) studio. He was awarded Jamaica’s Order of Distinction, was inducted into the Reggae Hall Of Fame, and Brentford Road was renamed Studio One Boulevard; yet nothing speaks more eloquently of his contributions than the music of Studio One.

The Lone Ranger was born Anthony Waldron and spent a good portion of his childhood in the U.K., later moving to Kingston. He first recorded in tandem with Welton Irie at Coxsone Dodd's famed Studio One, but soon went solo, toasting over the riddim tracks of past Studio One hits from the rocksteady and roots reggae eras. He also became the top DJ for the Virgo Hi Fi Sound System, resulting in its being voted the top sound system in Jamaica in 1980. The Lone Ranger's breakout hit was "Love Bump", a 1981 Coxsone Dodd produced version of the riddim from Slim Smith's "Rougher Yet". His signature song, however, was Barnabas Collins, an ode to the vampire main character of the TV series 'Dark Shadows'. The track was recorded for the Thrillseekers label, but Coxsone recorded the tune in Studio One style and fashion as well. Borrowing his stage name from the popular TV Western hero of the same name, the Lone Ranger was one of Jamaica's most influential early dancehall DJs. He helped pioneer a newly rhythmic, on-the-beat rhyming style that led DJ toasting into the modern age, and punctuated his lyrics with bizarre exclamations and sound effects ("bim" and "ribbit" were his favorites) that made him perhaps the most imaginative stylist of his time.

Lone Ranger's wicked "On The Other Side Of Dub" (originally released in 1981) is one of reggae's essential deejay albums. The Ranger was one of the founding fathers of what became known as the dancehall style. Indeed, his toast to Coxsone's production of Slim Smith's "Never Let Go", "The Answer", gave the riddim the name by which it is still known in the dancehall world. Lone Ranger recorded big hits for Studio One and was one of the artists responsible for the label's renaissance in the early eighties. This Heartbeat Deluxe Edition of "On The Other Side Of Dub" includes the original album in its entirety and thus features riddims such as Ernest Wilson's "Why Oh Why", Jackie Mittoo & Sound Dimension's "The Thing", The Royals' "Pick Up The Pieces", Dub Specialist's "Roots Style", and the Brentford Road cut to "The Drifter". Bonus tracks are Barnabas Collins, The Answer, Screw Gone A North Coast, and Tribute To Bob Marley, (recorded after Bob's death in Miami over the riddim of Johnny Osbourne's "Water More Than Flour"), and their respective dub versions. Also added is the extended mix of Keep On Coming A The Dance, one of the Ranger's signature toasts, riding the immortal "Heavenless" riddim.

This album, taken from the rare original stereo master which has never before appeared on CD, contains nine top deejay performances as well as eight wicked Studio One dubs. Another Studio One essential!