Silver Kamel Audio
December 29 - 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : -||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 5|
After having released many notable productions in the early eighties the U.K. based "Silver Camel" label stopped its activities in 1983. With the long-awaited cd release of Billy Boyo's "Zim Zim" the now U.S.A. based record label re-emerged on the reggae market as Silver Kamel Audio (SKA). At the end of 2004 the label puts out a very interesting set. "Ranking Dread In Dub" was originally released in 1982 and gained cult status due to the fantastic cover art of artist Rod Vass, and the limited pressing at that time -only a 1000 copies were pressed. But what comes first is the excellent music offered here : a sampling of lyrics from Ranking Dread, tough beats from great musicians Sly & Robbie and Roots Radics with the exquiste mixing of King Tubby and his able apprentice Scientist. The deejay Ranking Dread aka Robert Blackwood grew up in the ghettos of Tivoli and Trenchtown together with Tappa Zukie, doing rude boy business and running a sound. When he was building his career he got involved in the shooting of a police officer and was imprisoned. He escaped from prison and was to live the rest of his life as a wanted man. He finally died in the Jamaican prison in 1996.