Dubbing With the Royals

Dubbing With the Royals

by The Royals The Royals


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Although their output was relatively small (three brief LPs on Ballistic in the late '70s, the highlights of which have been collected on CD as Pick Up the Pieces on Pressure Sounds), the Royals have garnered an enduring reputation as one of the best of Jamaica's roots harmony groups. The architect behind the Royals was singer, songwriter, and producer Roy Cousins, who maintained quality control by releasing much of the group's material on his own Tamoki, Wambesi, and Dove labels (now merged into one, Tamoki Wambesi Dove), a shrewd move that has given the Royals' recorded legacy a high degree of integrity, and that excellence continues on Dubbing With the Royals, a perfect companion to the vocal album from Pressure Sounds. Fragments of the Royals' original vocals float through these remixes, but the center is on the sublime rhythm tracks (most of them originally engineered by Sylvan Morris) that Cousins built for his compositions, and in the hands of illustrious mixers like King Tubby (Osbourne Ruddock), Prince Jammy (Lloyd James), Scientist (Overton Brownie), Lee "Scratch" Perry, Errol T. (Errol Thompson), Carlton Lee, and Ernest Hookim, these rhythms display an amazing versatility. Among the highlights are Hookim's "Nose Hole" (built on the "If You Want Good" rhythm) and Scientist's ever-varied "Waizebo" (on the "Facts of Life" rhythm). Three very different dubs of the Royals' classic "Pick Up the Pieces" rhythm also stand out: Perry's constantly shifting "Llongo," Lee's "Pride of a Black Man" (which features a wonderful, extended organ solo from Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson), and another Perry mix, "Monkey Fashion," which gives toaster I-Roy full rein to riff on Irving Burgie's pop calypso standard "The Monkey Won't Do," also known in Jamaica as "Monkey Ska." Generous (nearly 70 minutes long) and surprisingly cohesive, Dubbing With the Royals shows clearly that dub is hardly a one-trick pony. Combining this release with Pick Up the Pieces would make one heck of a double-disc box.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Pressure Sounds
UPC: 0689492028824
catalogNumber: 44
Rank: 111640


  1. Negusa Nagast (If You Want Good)
  2. Nose Hole (If You Want Good)
  3. Waizero (Facts of Life)
  4. Wigwam (Blacker Black)
  5. Llongo (Pick Up the Pieces)
  6. Pride of a Black Man (Pick Up the Pieces)
  7. Monkey Fashion
  8. Land of Milk & Honey
  9. Manna from the Sky (Malnutrition)
  10. Peace, Love and Dub (Peace & Love)
  11. Tirang (Only for a Time)
  12. Tekla (Sufferer of the Ghetto)
  13. Mia (Way of Life)
  14. Jemima Antonia Dub (Oh My Love)
  15. Sugar Candy (Ghetto Man)
  16. Oongaan (Ghetto Man)
  17. Janhoi (Make Believe)
  18. Jammy's Dub (Make Believe)
  19. Dub the Wrong (When You Are Wrong)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Royals   Primary Artist
Ansel Collins   Organ
Gladstone Anderson   Piano
Noel Sowell Bailey   Guitar
Pablove Black   Piano
Aston Barrett   Bass
Hux Brown   Guitar
Lloyd Charmers   Piano
Tony Chin   Guitar
Geoffrey Chung   Guitar
Fish Clarke   Drums
Basil "Benbow" Creary   Drums
Carlton "Santa" Davis   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Bobby Ellis   Trumpet
George Fullwood   Bass
Albert Griffiths   Guitar
Dirty Harry Hall   Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Touter Harvey   Piano
Ossie Hibbert   Organ
Bobby Kalphat   Piano
Earl Lindo   Organ
Herman Marquis   Alto Saxophone
Tommy McCook   Tenor Saxophone
Sylvan Morris   Voices
Lloyd Parks   Bass
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Noel "Scully" Simms   Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Earl "Bagga" Walker   Bass
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Drums
Winston Wright   Organ
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass
Gitsy   Guitar
Robert Lynn   Piano
Rad Bryan   Guitar
Vincent "Trommie" Gordon   Trombone
Fil Callender   Drums
Berthram "Harry" Johnson   Bass
Rasta Robbie   Bass

Technical Credits

Roy Cousins   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Winston Brown   Engineer
Lloyd James   Remixing
Carlton Lee   Engineer
Maxie   Engineer
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Remixing
Karl Pitterson   Engineer
Dennis Thompson   Engineer,Remixing
Errol Thompson   Engineer,Remixing
Rachael   Artwork
Ernest Hokim   Engineer,Remixing
Harry Hawke   Liner Notes
Anesta Brown   Spiritual Advisor
Sidney Bucknor   Engineer
Anthony "Soljie" Hamilton   Engineer,Remixing
Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock   Engineer,Remixing
Overton "Scientist" Brownie   Engineer,Remixing

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