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LETTS, DON - LATE NIGHT TALES - VERSION EXCURSION

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Late Night Tales - Version Excursion
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ALNLP64X
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Reggae / Dub /
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Vinyl record
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2x12" LTD Edition Green HEavyweight Vinyl Reggae & Dub Compilation - Cultural polymath - pop star, filmmaker, radio broadcaster, commentator, Grammy winner. Oh and DJ, too. Take your pick from the many coats worn by our selector, Don Letts aka The Rebel Dread.

Born in Brixton, a child of the Windrush Generation, Letts’ slippery and unorthodox career is somewhat hard to define, without taking a few detours around London, New York and Jamaica. He began his working life managing the dauntingly hip Acme Attractions on Chelsea’s Kings Road, where he made a mark with his attitude, dress and, especially, the pounding dub reggae that vibrated the shop’s walls. His first gig as a DJ at the short-lived Roxy in Neal Street, became mythical for turning a generation of punks on to reggae. They in turn hipped him to their DIY ethos resulting in his reinvention as a filmmaker. This led to a shed-load of music videos (Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Clash, Bob Marley) not to mention documentaries on the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, George Clinton and Sun Ra.

In the ’80s, he was part of Mick Jones’ new venture, Big Audio Dynamite and his innovative use of samples were a core part of their sound. Listeners of his weekly 6 Music radio show are taken on a musical safari that moves seamlessly between time, space and genre. It’s not called Culture Clash Radio for nothing. So this latest bulletin from Letts HQ is merely one angle of a multifaceted personality, his take on the JA tradition of the cover version.

The history of Caribbean music owes a debt to R&B as many of the early island releases were cover versions of US 45s. Ska’s breakthrough commercially, Millie Small’s ‘My Boy Lollipop’, was originally recorded by Barbie Gaye in ’50s New York. Cover versions became quite a thing in Jamaica and Don, following in that tradition, has dug deep with a selection of interesting dubbed out covers including thirteen exclusives.

“A disciple of sound system, raised on reggae n’ bass culture my go to sound was dub. Besides being spacious and sonically adventurous at the same time, its most appealing aspect was the space it left to put yourself ‘in the mix’ underpinned by Jamaica’s gift to the world - bass. But that’s only half the story as the duality of my existence meant I was also checking what the Caucasian crew were up to not to mention the explosion of black music coming in from the States. That’s why this version excursion crosses time space and genre, from The Beach Boys to The Beatles, Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, The Bee Gees to Kool & The Gang, The Clash to Joy Division and beyond. You’d think it impossible to draw a line between ‘em but not in my world. Fortunately, the ‘cover version’ has played an integral part in the evolution of Jamaican music and dub covers were just a natural extension.”

There’s a diverse mix of classic and new, with legendary figures like John Holt, The Tamlins and Cornell Campbell, mixed in with British veterans Mad Professor and the irrepressible Dennis Bovell, while (relatively) young striplings Kiko Bun, Emily Capell and Prince Fatty deliver the goods, with laidback Texan groovers Khruangbin also offering an exclusive bass heavy-delight.

The song choices are diverse, from French dubsters’ OBF’s renditions of ‘Sixteen Tons’, the miners’ paean popularised by Tennessee Ernie Ford in the 1950s, to Ash Walker’s refix of Omar’s ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ and ‘All I Do Is Think About You’, immortalised by the ill-fated Tammi Terrell and preserved here by Quantic (the latter two both exclusives). Being a Rebel Dread compilation, there’s a cover (by Wrongtom Meets The Rockers) of The Clash’s ‘Lost In The Supermarket’ while Don’s exclusive, naturally, is a rendition of Big Audio Dynamite’s debut hit, ‘E = MC2’.

“Truth be told I’ve wanted to work with the Late Night Tales crew from the get go. We’re talking nearly two decades such was the allure of their musical aesthetic typified by curators like Nightmares on Wax,

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a1
Ghetto Pries - Hercules
a2
Prince Fatty & Shniece McMenamin - Black Rabbit
a3
Wrongtom Meets The Rockers - Dub In The Supermarket
a4
Gaudi Meets The Rebel Dread ft. Emily Capell - E = MC2
a5
Rude Boy - Superstylin'
b1
Capitol 1212 ft. Earl 16 - Love Will Tear Us Apart
b2
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - All I Do Is Think About You
b3
Zoe Devlin ft. Tim Hutton -Caroline No
b4
John Holt - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
b5
Cornell Campbell - Ital City Dub
b6
Matumbi– - (I Can't Get Enough) That Reggae Stuff
c1
Gentleman's Dub Club ft. Kiko Bun - Use Me
c2
Black Box Recorder - Uptown Top Ranking
c3
OBF - Sixteen Tons Of Dub
c4
Yasushi Ide - Ain't No Sunshine
c5
The Tamlins - Baltimore
d1
15 16 17 - Emotion
d2
Ash Walker - There's Nothing Like This
d3
The Senior Allstars - Slipping Into Darkness
d4
Easy Star All-Stars - Within You Without You
d5
Khruangbin - Dern Kala

Last FM Information on Don Letts

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Don Letts’ came to notoriety in the late '70s DJing reggae music to punk crowds at 'The Roxy' club in London. He also started to document the punk rock movement in 'The Punk Rock Movie'. He continued to make documentaries across the spectrum of credible music including a celebrated film about Bob Marley. Musically, he was a founder member of Basement 5 and Big Audio Dynamite,the latter with The Clash's Mick Jones, managed the all woman punk group The Slits and collaborated with many post-punk outfits in the 1980s. In the '90s Don formed ‘Screaming Target’ and DJed at reggae and alternative venues across the world, maintaining his distinctively eclectic sets. He released a number of dub and eclectic compilations during this period also. His autobiography ‘Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers’ was published in 2007. Don currently hosts a show on BBC Radio 6Music, Saturdays from 23:00 until 00:00. (http://www.bbc.couk/6music/shows/don_letts) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.


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