Evolution Of Dub Volume 7 - Creationist Rebel
4 CD Box Set
December 25, 2012
Disc 1: Natty Locks Dub
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : -||Backing : 4||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
Here's the latest installment in the fantastic dub series called "Evolution of Dub". This time we get treated to four excellent productions from producer Winston Edwards.
Born August, 1953 in Buff Bay he moved to Kingston at the age of four and was raised by his grandmother and an aunt. Towards the end of the 60s he had started to work for producer Joe Gibbs. There he met a young Lee Perry, with whom he began a long and productive association. He opened a small record shop, the Miami Record Shack. In 1974 he travelled to the UK. During the period 1973-1974 he issued several sides on the DIP label through an arrangement with Dennis Harris. Songs such as I-Roy's "Don't Get Weary Joe Frazier" (a deejay version to Tony Brevett's "Don't Get Weary"), Big Joe's "Selassie Skank" and "Weed Specialist" and the Gaylads hit song "You Made A Mistake".
He began to travel regularly to Kingston where he recorded and pressed 7" records which he sold on his return to London on the burgeoning pre-release market. In 1974 Edwards set up his own Fay Music label from Jah Shaka's house in nearby Alpha Road. That same year he also began the short lived imprint Stop Point, that had success with the Gregory Isaacs song "Love of the World".
He put his first dub set "Natty Locks Dub" with a varied selection of tried an trusted riddim tracks that included contributions from Tony Brevett, Geoffrey & Mikey Chung, whose "The Love We All Need Today" by The Io's was transformed into Macka Bee, and brand new riddims recorded at the newly set up studios of Lee Perry and Joe Gibbs. Some of the horn parts were overdubbed at Berry Street studios in London.
In 1975 he opened his Fay Music record shop in southeast London's New Cross, nearby the DIP premises. The greatest success for the label was the monumental album "King Tubby Meets The Upsetter At The Grass Roots Of Dub" which remained for three months at the top of Black Music's reggae chart. It was also to become the best LP in 1975 in the UK. Production was done by Edwards himself and as the title explains the mixing was done by the dub pioneers King Tubby and Lee Perry. It was presented as a sound system contest... in that the two protagonists not only met but also clashed head to head. Nearly all riddims were originals, in opposite to the usual approach of that time when most dub versions were versions of existing or re-cut riddim tracks. The album was fundamental in the wider acceptance of dub in the UK. It was the first dub album to be properly marketed and distributed outside of the network of reggae specialist shops and what had previously been a highly exclusive and very expensive music now entered the public domain.
He realised that the next album needed to be every bit as impressive, he decided to release a kind of tribute to KIng Tubby, not only as a sound engineer, but also as a celebration of Tubby's renewed 'Home Town Hi Fi' sound system. He tried to capture the sound system experience; vocal tracks and their dub versions were segued with pure dubwise music. The album was based on a clash - held on the 26th September 1975 - between Tubby's and other sound systems such as Black Harmony and Soul Attorney.
At the end of 1977 he closed down the fay Music Shop and moved around the corner to manage Joe Gibbs' London outlet. He kept producing tunes which he released on the Studio 16 label. In 1980 he released a strictly London affair dub album - Dub Conference Winston Edwards & Blackbeard at 10 Downing Street -, tackling London political scene and employed the Well Packed Band and the talents of Blackbeard aka Dennis Bovell. The set includes versions of Glen Soley's "All That Glitter Is Not Gold", his rendition of the Gregory Isaacs tune "Lonely Soldier" and "Rude Boy Medley" from Peter Tosh and Desmond Dekker.
Pure historical box set!