The Lone Ranger - On The Other Side Of Dub

Label : Studio One LP 1979; Heartbeat CD reissue 1991
Produced by Coxsone

Tracklisting :
01. Barnabas Collins (bonus track - 1991 CD reissue only)
02. Noah In The Ark
03. Apprentice Dentist
04. Quarter Lb. Ishen
05. Every Thing She Want
06. Natty Dread On The Go
07. Grave Yard Skank (bonus track - 1991 CD reissue only)
07. Where Eagles Dwell
08. Dentist Dub
10. Collie Rock
11. Roots Style
12. Dub A Natty Dread

The Story
As told in dec 2004 by Lone Ranger (LR) and Chester Synmoie (CS), Lone Ranger's longtime friend, producer & manager.

CS - It was an experimental album: five Lone Ranger songs, and the dub versions on the back. That was the first time that's been done. That's the thing that made that album different. It became a classic instantly, and never stopped selling since then. An all-time classic: the Lone Ranger debut album. "Barnabas Collins" was added to the repress by Heartbeat in 1991, it was recorded in New York in 85-86.

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[Reggae - The Rough Guide]
The Lone Ranger's debut Studio One album was so titled because the second side featured dub cuts of the 'toasts' on the first. Presumably, Dodd had this in the can for quite a while before releasing it in 1981, as it misses the big dancehall hits, but it stands as a good set of next cuts to Studio One Rhythms that go beyond the obvious ones.
(Steve Barrow and Peter Dalton)

Classic toasting over timeless Studio One rhythms by one of Jamaica's best known and loved DJs. Includes the hits, "Barnabas Collins," "Noah in the Ark," and "Natty Dread on the Go," together with five instrumental tracks.

Lone Ranger is one of Studio One's favortie Dj's, or toasters, and enjoyed popularity with hits like "Love Bump" and "Barnabas Collins". "On The Other Side of Dub" comes complete with five instrumentals and some of the Lone Ranger's most accomplished performances. This album also contains two tracks not found on the original release.

Again good to see the man Anthony Waldron's tunes back around again, this his first full length outing for the original label, after a string of great 45s, Dodd finally unveiled in 1981 as the Lone Ranger was ushering in the new breed of dancehall vocalists, men like Charlie Chaplin, Welton Irie, Mikey Dread and Ranking Joe. Coxsone in his turn was revisiting the classic riddims which made his name, and subjecting them to bright,airy new mixes with the latest technology available in Jamaica. So the second side is an especial joy here, where extra cuts to boss sound system controllers like "Quarter Pound Of Ishen" and Horace Andy's "Natty Dread A Weh She Want" really come into their own. For fans of early dancehall, b-boys and dub heads, required listening.

One of the first and finest of the dancehall toasters, Lone Ranger came to prominence in the early '80s with a series of hits sporting vintage Studio One rhythms from the rocksteady and early reggae eras (this, of course, was a practice followed by a majority of dancehall singers and DJs during the first half of the '80s). Hooking up with producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Lone Ranger cut this debut for Dodd's Studio One label in 1981. Featuring the big dancehall smash "Barnabas Collins" (this homage to the most popular vampire of the '60s features the well-traveled rhythm from Slim Smith's late-'60s hit, "My Conversation"), "The Other Side of Dub" finds the masked man in his inimitable bimming and ribbiting mode, deftly tossing off phrases full of wit and social observations. With regard to the dub end of things alluded to in the title, the album features a handful of dub versions of the toasts Lone Ranger delivers in the first half of the set. A tasty slice of early dancehall mic work.

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