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TITLE
Free For All
FORMAT
CD

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WACK 114CD WACK 114CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/10/2007

Out originally on the Aires label, in a plain, stencilled sleeve, this is a thrilling early-mid-'70s dub album based around three cuts of the dreader than dread Free For All rhythm. The music is made by Melvin "Munchie" Jackson and Lloyd Barnes, with productions begun in Jamaica and finished at the Sounds Unlimited studio in New York. Several surfaced at different stages as 7"s on Bullwackies' Aires imprint, and on the Tafari label which Munchie ran with his brother Maurice and Little Roy, in the Washington Gardens district of Kingston. The title track was recorded at Randy's, and came originally on The Heptones' Hepic label, featuring "Family Man" Barrett on keyboards, and on the DJ cut here, "Meditation Dub" -- sounds like Charlie Ace. There are dubs of Little Roy's "Tribal War" and "Black Bird"; Stranger Cole's "My Application," later re-voiced by The Heptones, turns up as "Dis-Ya-A-Dub"; and if things weren't smoke-filled enough, roots is the rhythm of K.C. White's "All For Free." Hard to imagine a heavier dub set reissued this year.