Two-Albums-On-One-CD gives you the first two
Dillinger albums for the price of one,
re-mastered in 2004 for maximum listening
With contemporary digital technology,
it's possible to present what used to be two
albums on one disc. Great material, superb
sound and a great quantity as well.
And that's one of the nicest thing about
Reggae Music. It doesn't really matter
whether an album is old or new. The music,
even though continually contemporary, is
The two albums on this disc will proof
that to the fullness.
Dillinger was "discovered" by
Roland Alphonso in the early 1970's. Many
people consider the best of Dillinger's work
to have been created in the last half of the
1970's. A period widely covered in the huge
amount of well appriciloved re-releases. It
was the time of the Aggrovators, Tappa Zukie
and King Tubby. Rockers Reggae was on the
rise, and rub a dub had not yet come.
Sound Systems were very popular. These
mobile dancehalls had their own MC's, while
the selector played the B-sides to let the
MC's chant all kinds of things through the
microphone. It was U Roy who is widely
regarded as the godfather of
"Toasting". He was (one of the?)
first to chant over the instrumental B-side
of a 7 inch single.
But the time in which B-sides were simply
instrumentals was gone too. DUBwise had been
through some serious development, and when
the DJ's began to voice over DUB, they were
definitely giving Reggae Music yet another
Dillinger was at the fore-front of this
development. His voice matched exactly with
the sound of Roots Rockers in Dub. And
he released his first two length albums for
a world wide audience in this time as well:
the incredible CB 200 and BIONIC DREAD.
Albums filled with some heavy duty Rockers
DJ tracks, with one exception on his "debute"
An exception called "Cokane In My
Brain", which brought Dillinger a world
hit. The music was a kind of soul, and could
hardly be called Reggae. But it sounds kind
of nice, between the superb Roots Reggae
tracks on CB 200 and BIONIC DREAD.