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JTQ_sleeve_ Well, it’s been a while but we have a new album release on 2nd October. It’s the 1982 Dillinger LP “Join The Queue”, an excellent but seemingly little-known work which was originally released on the Oak Sound label in the same year as the seminal 12″ single “Five Man Army” which we reissued last year. For some reason the album seemed to disappear off the radar and is not particularly well known today. But it deserves to be heard by a wider audience as it’s on a par with Dillinger’s best work, and interestingly it captures the transition from the older Seventies roots style to the newer dancehall rhythms epitomised by the then in-demand studio outfit Roots Radics who contribute five of the rhythms on the album. The other five come courtesy of Lloyd Parks’s We The People Band and all are original recordings made specifically for this album.

Dillinger himself is in sparkling form throughout, throwing down fresh and original lyrics ranging from the playful to the boastful (”Dillinger The People’s Choice”) to the downright rootical on such tunes as ‘Please Officer’ and ‘Rub A Dub Anthem’ which features some highly idiosyncratic vocalising. He even manages to slip in a bit of authentic yodelling on ‘Duddle Oley’, something not heard too often on a reggae record.

The album will be on limited edition vinyl and download only.

BL001_The Dreads at King Tubby's - If-Deejay-was-Your-TradeThis seminal Jamaican deejay album, originally the debut release on the world-renowned Blood and Fire label, features performances from some of the best known deejays of the day such as I-Roy, Dillinger, Tappa Zukie, Jah Stitch, Big Joe, Dr Alimantado, Prince Far I, Prince Jazzbo and Little Joe (better known these days as Ranking Joe). Standout tracks include “War And Friction” by I-Roy and the classic “Black Harmony Killer” by Jah Stitch. The album was voiced and mixed at the legendary King Tubby’s studio and produced by the biggest hitmaker of the time, Bunny Lee. [click to continue…]