Savage Pencil Presents Lion Vs. Dragon In Dub
Trojan Records
September 16, 2007

Track list
  1. Dadawah - Seventy Two Nations (Intro)
  2. Keith Hudson - Man From Shooter's Hill
  3. Rupie Edwards - Buckshot Dub
  4. King Tubby & The Observers - Dubbing With The Observer
  5. Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown
  6. King Tubby - A Noisy Place
  7. Johnny Clarke & The Aggrovators - A Ruffer Version
  8. Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Caveman Skank
  9. Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Doctor On The Go
  10. Prince Jazzbo - The Wormer
  11. Ranking Joe - Black Weh Yu Vulture
  12. Ansel Collins & The Observer - Inbound Train
  13. U Roy - Train From The West
  14. Dennis Brown & The Observer - Tribulation Dub
  15. Dennis, Tubby & The Observer - Dub Roots Of David
  16. Augustus Pablo - Satan Side Version (aka Kiss 14)
  17. Blackbeard All Stars - Garvey Mead Dub
  18. Glen Brown - No More Slavery
  19. Augustus Pablo - Vibrate On (Dub Version)
  20. Augustus Pablo - Tubby's Dub Song
  21. Bunny Lee & The Aggrovators - Pablo In Black Ark
  22. Jah Woosh - Four Aces Skank
  23. Dadawah - Seventy Two Nations (Slight Return) (Outro)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 3 Sleeve : 4
Trojan keep on digging up the good tunes, and the next instalment is a compilation from Savage Pencil --

"Savage who?" some of the younger readers might be thinking. Older readers will remember him well as the album sleeve/fanzine illustrator from the punk rock and post punk days of the late 70's and very early 80's, a period when very heavy and psychedelic dub wise was really making its presence felt to a far wider audience through the influences of acts like John Lydon's Public Image, 23 Skidoo, ONU Sounds and many others artists.

Journalists like Viv Goldman and Penny Reel were regularly given valuable column space in the weekly music press, and artists like Savage Pencil provided witty, surreal cartoons for those papers, as well as providing cover paintings for artists like The Fall, and in later periods, for rockabilly garage punk bands like Rocket From the Crypt.

So, the tunes here pretty much come from that period, and Savage makes it clear he wanted to fuse intense aggression ("the lion") with heady psychedelia ("the dragon") with his selection.

The album opens with the intense psychedelic funk of Dadawah's "Seventy Two Nations", then spirals into a Keith Hudson tune. Upsetter's "Doctor On The Go" features the kind of ambience and eerie tape loops that Byrne and Eno went on to utilise on "Bush of Ghosts", though Perry's style is a lot more spontaneous.

Upsetter's "Vibrate On" is like a sea ebb and flow, a psychotropic experience, and Jah Woosh's "Four Aces Skank" is a fairly rare tune, from an old long deleted DJ clash record.

Savage Pencil nows plays in a band with the avant garde saxophonist, Evan Parker.