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ARTIST
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Dubbing At Channel 1
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
JRCD 065CD JRCD 065CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/21/2017

As the 1970s turned into the 1980s, reggae's beat took another turn, slowing down to allow more space for the music to breathe. The new sound became reggae's focus, and the Roots Radics became one of Jamaica's finest session/backing bands at the forefront of this radical change. The Roots Radics were based around the nucleus of Errol "Flabba" Holt (bass), Lincoln Valentine "Style" Scott (drums), and Eric "Bingi Bunny" Lamont (guitar). Holt and Bingi Bunny had previously been involved in the Morwells label set up and had cut some popular tunes such as "Swine And Dine", "They Hold Us Down", and the great "Kingston 12 Tuffy". Before this, Bunny had played for one of the other great reggae sessions band, the Channel One based Revolutionaires. It was the demise of this legendary band, due to Sly and Robbie's commitments to their own Taxi label, that led to the formation of the Roots Radics. The Radics have worked with many different producers over the years including Linval Thompson, with the series of alums, Scientist's 1981 album Meets the Space Invaders (MIR 100738CD/LP) and 1982 album Scientist Wins The World Cup (MIR 100741CD/LP). They also worked as Gregory Isaacs's backing band and were responsible for the rhythms that made up his seminal Night Nurse set (1982). Jamaican Recordings have caught the Roots Radics for this set of cutting rhythms in their favorite environment, the famous Channel One Studios. On this occasion working with producer Ossie Thomas for his own Black Solidarity label. A match made in heaven. CD version includes four bonus tracks.