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19th November 2017

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VERSION DREAD
Dub Specialist (2006)

Heartbeat 11661-7719

2xLP and CD

VERSION DREAD
Dub Specialist (2017)

Studio One Records SOR-014
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Why Oh Why Version (Ernest & The Sound Dimension); Fire Coal Version (Sound Dimension); Creation Version (Winston & The New Extablishment); Please Be True Version (Sound Dimensions); Armagideon Version (Willie & The Brentford Rockers); Born To Dub (The Soul Vendors); Pick Up Version (Sound Dimension); It Deep Pt.2 (Lloyd Robinson & Brentford Disco Set); Version Dread (Sound Dimension); Declaration Version (Sound Dimension); Things Come Up To Dub (The Soul Vendors); Zion Lion (Sound Dimension); Natty Rub A Dub (Cornel & the Brentford Rockers); Give Me This Version (The Heptones & Sound Dimension); Fire Version (The New Establsihment); Train Is Coming (Sound Dimension); Hold Me Baby Pt.2 (Basil Daley); New Broom Part 2 (The New Establishment)

LP only bonus tracks: Surfing (Extended Mix) (Ernest Ranglin and The Sound Dimension) // Never Give Version (Extended Mix) (The New Establishment)

Now, this is such a good idea I'm surprised it hasn't been done before. Heartbeat's Chris Wilson has put together a superb collection of B-side versions from some of those classic 1970s 7" singles. I've got several mix-tapes compiled by collectors that follow the same format, but this the first time that a whole album full of Studio One B-side versions has received an official release.

It was common practice in Jamaica from the late 1960s onwards for producers to use the same song on both sides of a 7” single. The A-side would feature the full vocal mix, while the B-side would carry a stripped down instrumental re-mix, known as the ‘version’. This originally came about as a response to demand from the sound system operators, who liked to be able to switch between the vocal and instrumental mixes of a popular tune in order to excite the crowd in a dance. The first singles to be released to the public in this format usually featured a straight instrumental version on the B-side, but gradually the creative skills of the recording engineers began to take over and snatches of the original vocal would be dropped tantalisingly in and out of the mix, often enhanced by a judicious use of echo and other sonic effects.

There was also an economic aspect to consider – it being much cheaper to use the same song on both sides of a single rather pay studio time for an artist to record another song. Producers could therefore release twice as many records for more or less the same initial outlay. Practically all 7” Studio One productions released from the mid 1970s onwards feature a version on the B-side, many (if not most of them) mixed by Coxsone Dodd himself. A large proportion of these are reissues of titles originally released without a version on the flip side – the later re-mixed versions might therefore feature extra instrumentation and overdubs. This is a way of disginguishing original 1960s pressings from later reissues – the reissue will inevitably feature a version B-side. VERSION DREAD gathers together a selection of some of the best B-side versions to emanate from Brentford Road.

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Why Oh Why Version (Ernest & The Sound Dimension); Fire Coal Version (Sound Dimension); Creation Version (Winston & The New Extablishment); Please Be True Version (Sound Dimensions); Armagideon Version (Willie & The Brentford Rockers); Born To Dub (The Soul Vendors) // Pick Up Version (Sound Dimension); It Deep Pt.2 (Lloyd Robinson & Brentford Disco Set); Version Dread (Sound Dimension); Declaration Version (Sound Dimension); Things Come Up To Dub (The Soul Vendors); Zion Lion (Sound Dimension) // Natty Rub A Dub (Cornel & the Brentford Rockers); Give Me This Version (The Heptones & Sound Dimension); Fire Version (The New Establsihment); Hold Me Baby Pt.2 (Basil Daley); Train Is Coming (Sound Dimension); New Broom Part 2 (The New Establishment) // Surfing (Extended Mix) (Ernest Ranglin and The Sound Dimension); Never Give Version (Extended Mix) (New Establishment)

Welcome reissue of this excellent compilation from Studio One (in conjunction with Yep Roc Records) on glorious red vinyl. Also available on CD and as a digital download.

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