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1st September 2016

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READY NATTY DREADIE1
Dillinger (1975)

Winro SOL 1125
matrix: CN 3138

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Natty Ten To One (Ten To One); Babylon Bridge (Pretty Looks); Dub Them Rasta (I'm Just A Guy); Babylon Fever (Fever); Ready Natty Dreadie (Creation Rebel) // Fountain On The Mountain (Real Rock); Leave The Area (Bangarang); Set Jah Jah Children Free (Mojo Rock Steady); Jamaican Collie (Full Up); Killer Man Jaro (Freedom Blues)

The original Jamaican issue was released on a blank Winro label and includes the title track Ready Natty Dreadie (replaced by Natty Kung Fu on subsequent issues). The sleeve was lithographed in Jamaica by Stephensons. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

One of the truly great DJ albums, supported by some of the best foundation rhythms (in italics), and certainly worthy of a place in anyone's collection. Note that the original release (very difficult to find) is the only one that actually includes Ready Natty Dreadie. Subsequent reissues replace the title track with Natty Kung Fu (despite what it might say on the sleeve or the label).

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READY NATTY DREADIE2 (aka TEN TO ONE)
Dillinger

Forward / Studio One SOL 1125
matrix: Dillinger

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Natty Ten To One (Ten To One); Babylon Bridge (Pretty Looks); Children Of Today (I'm Just A Guy); Babylon Fever (Fever); Natty Kung Fu (Freedom Blues) // Fountain On The Mountain (Real Rock); Leave The Area (Bangarang); Set Jah Jah Children Free (Mojo Rock Steady); Jamaican Collie (Full Up); Killer Man Jaro (Freedom Blues)

Jamaican remix (in a kind of unbalanced stereo where the right channel favours the vocal), and retitled TEN TO ONE on the label. Side 1 track 5, Ready Natty Dreadie (or Natty Dread as it appears on the label) is actually Natty Kung Fu.

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READY NATTY DREADIE2
Dillinger

Studio One SOL 1125
matrix: SOL 1125

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Natty Ten To One (Ten To One); Babylon Bridge (Pretty Looks); Children Of Today (I'm Just A Guy); Babylon Fever (Fever); Natty Kung Fu (Freedom Blues) // Fountain On The Mountain (Real Rock); Leave The Area (Bangarang); Set Jah Jah Children Free (Mojo Rock Steady); Jamaican Collie (Full Up); Killer Man Jaro (Freedom Blues)

Jamaican reissue with the same tracks as above (Natty Kung Fu replacing Readie Natty Dreadie), and in a more orthodox mono mix.

BABYLON FEVER
Dillinger (1978)

United Artists

It is believed that the same tracks were also released in the USA on the United Artists label as BABYLON FEVER, 'Anthology of Reggae Collectors Series Vol.3' (however, this has yet to be confirmed).

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