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Girls Fiesta

Ranking Dread Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hot Milk
  • ASIN: B00HDLN79U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Natty Dread Is a Struggler 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Girls Fiesta 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Description

Ranking Dread was as much of a myth and enigma as he was a music man and badman. But today he remains the connoisseurs Dee Jay, admired for his slick style and delivery and compared to other noteworthy DJs of the time, can be seen as crucially under-recorded, having only released 4 albums and a handful of singles in his recording career. Born in 1956 in the Kingston slum of Rema, Dread spent his early career divided between being an enforcer for the JLP as well as learning his trade as a toaster on local sound systems. Trouble with the law instigated his move to London where his recording career began. "Girls Fiesta" is Ranking Dreads first album, originally released in 1978 and contains some tough Linval Thompson rhythms taken from various Linval productions, most notably his "Love Is The Question" album.

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Ranking Dread is a legendary character in reggae circles and not for entirely musical reasons since after his music career ended in about 1983 he became a notorious 'badman' (gangster) implicated in innumerable crimes (including drug smuggling, torture, murder and Lord knows what else) and was labelled by the Daily Mail as "Godfather of the Yardies". He finally got his comeuppance in a Jamaican prison in 1996 coming to a sticky end through suspected poisoning. He clearly became an entirely disreputable human being and certainly wouldn't have been top of your list for someone to go for a drink with (if you wanted to survive the evening!) with but rather annoyingly he also happened to be a superb toaster, arguably the best DJ in the '78-'81 time period despite being based in the UK and not Jamaica. Therefore this album is a classic case of having to separate the character of the person from his art.

This superb reissue by Hot Milk records, a new off-shoot of Cherry Red records, contains Dread's debut "Girl's Fiesta" album from 1978 in absolutely stellar sound (definitely taken from the master tapes). The album is 10-tracks and mostly cultural despite the title and it is ironic hearing Dread preaching peace and love and warning against the perils of cocaine (as opposed to ganja) considering the direction of his later career! That said he was a brilliant toaster with a smooth rhythmic flow (influential on later hip-hop) and rich, characterful timbre - certainly strongly influenced by Dillinger. The rhythms produced by Linval Thompson are diamond hard and often dubbed for extra impact with great 'heavy as lead' basslines courtesy of the legendary Robbie Shakespeare.
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