River Stone

This muddy stream is in the woods in Sale, a dirty tributary that I’m guessing ends up in the Mersey. Musically, today I offer you a delightfully strange song and its dub, both from the magic hands of Lee Perry and Zap Pow, recorded at Perry’s Black Ark at some point in the 1970s (1977 I think). The original track is slowly wonky, vocal harmonies and horns and a lilting rhythm. The dub, River Stone, is dubbier and less strange, strangely. A river that smells of sweet herbs and drifts towards the sea.

Some Dub For Sunday

Some dub for Sunday to warm the cockles, especially as it’s hovering around zero outside. This is Lee Perry’s dub version of Zap Pow’s River, which I posted a couple of weeks ago. River is a hazy, semi-psychedelic reggae tune, and this dub version is equally good. In true dub style Bagging Area recommends you play them back to back. If you didn’t download River it’s still there, alive on the internet all the way from the mid 1970s.

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Some More Dub For Friday

It seems remiss of me to have posted various bits of dub without anything from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, whose legend goes before him and surely requires no explanation from me. This track, River, is stunning. It’s from an album that came out in the 90s called Voodooism, a collection of 1970s rarities from Perry’s Black Ark Studio, which he himself burnt down convinced it was haunted. The original artists here are Zap Pow, and River is a dreamy, hazy, almost psychedelic piece of dub reggae, chock full of Perry’s trademark phasing. Most of the songs on the compilation are present in original form and their dub version, although the original vinyl version I’ve got didn’t include some of these. There’s a dub of this track- River Stone- which is equally good, as are any number of tracks on the record. You can get the whole 20 track set from emusic. I’ve done it, mainly for the extras, but the whole thing is a laid back but out-there joy. Go on- it could improve your weekend.

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