SLEEPER'S RECORD SHACK #2
WWW, September 2007 - In the Bible we will find Chapter and Verse, in Reggae Music we'll find Chapters with Versions: vocal tunes with their Dub versions.
Mick Sleeper in a Showcase stylee!
In Reggae Music, we speak about "riddims" rather than "songs". A riddim usually is a bass-line, combined with a theme usually played by horns. Such riddims are re-done throughout the decades by various generations of Studio Bands.
Reggae is very much a Studio Music, even though in the world wide Reggae Culture there are many bands with their own repertoire, a'la Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Tracks are usually recorded in the studio's as instrumentals. Later, vocalists and Dub engineers do things with these riddims and release them under a wide variety of names. Some collectors even make it a real quest to find just about every release of a specific riddim or even a specific recording of a riddim.
Most Reggae 7" vinyl singles come with a vocal mix on the A side, and a "version" or Dub on the other side. People would speak about "chapters" with their "versions".
Later, the 12" would enter the record plants and a chapter and version would be presented in one long non-stop mix. These chapter and version mixes would be collected and released on so called "Showcase" albums.
In the second episode of his excellent podcast, Mick Sleeper shows this principal as he plays a selection of excellent 1970's Rockers Reggae in "Showcase Style".
01. DRIFTER - Dennis Walks
02. COMBINATION DRIFTER - I Roy
03. PLEASE BE TRUE - Cornell Campbell
04. SET UP YOURSELF DREADLOCKS - Jah Stitch
05. HOW LONG - Pat Kelly
06. HOW LONG DUB - Pat Kelly
07. CASSAVA ROCK - Big Youth
08. CASSAVA PIECE - Augustus Pablo
09. SACRIFICE - Gregory Isaacs
10. HEALTH WARNING - Prince Far I
11. WINEY WINEY - The Kingstonians
12. TINY WINEY - Ray I
13. SO LONG - Dennis Brown
14. SO LONG RASTAFARI - Dillinger & Trinity
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