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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Crytuff Dub Encounter Chapter 1 - The Arabs (1978)

Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 1 - The Arabs
Produced by Prince Far I (Michael James Williams on the record labels -  which of course is his real name)
Released 1978


    Prince Far I - vocals

The Arabs (Roots Radics)
    Eric "Fish" Clarke - drums
    Sly Dunbar - drums
    Clinton Jack - bass guitar
    Flabba Holt - bass guitar, guitar
    Bingy Bunny - guitar
    Antonio "Crucial Tony" Phillips - guitar
    Noel "Sowell" Bailey - guitar
    Chinna - guitar
    Theo Beckford - piano
    Clifton "Bigga" Morrison - piano
    Creation Rebel - percussion
    Sucker - percussion
    Sticky - percussion


For some reason this morning I was thinking about one of the great Dub tracks from Prince Far I and The Arabs called The Right Way:

Listening to that again led me back to the album Crytuff Dub Encounter Chapter 1 from 1978 which I hadn't listened to in a long time. So I thought why not share it on here and we can all enjoy it together!

Released under the name The Arabs it was essentially an album by Prince Far I and Roots Radics (who have backed a number of Reggae Artists like Bunny Wailer, Gregory Issacs, Eek-A-Mouse and Barrington Levy to name but a few). Roots Radics had actually begun life as The Revolutionaries, the house band for Channel One Studio (who also released some albums on their own like the excellent Revolutionary Sounds in 1976). Roots Radics would go on to release a few albums under their own name, Outernational Riddim in 1980 was one of their finest. Dangerous Dub (King Tubby Meets Roots Radics 1981) and Radical Dub Session (1982) are worth checking out as well.

1978 had been a busy year for Prince Far I as besides this Dub project under the banner of The Arabs he had also released a couple of other albums that are worth a listen of two: Message From The King again with The Arabs (Front Line) and Long Life (also on Front Line).

Also in 1978 he had recorded his one and only Session for John Peel with Creation Rebel, which is always worth a listen to!

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