Explaining Dreadzone to people is really tricky. The second you tell them it's reggae, it's like the blinkers come on & whatever you say on the subject will be ignored as most people's impression of 'Reggae' is Sean Paul & 'Mr Lover-Lover'!
This is such a pity as I just wish they would understand how awesome Dreadzone can be & how broad the church of Reggae is (if it is Reggae at all...)
This album is a case in point as it is filled with excellent music which has survived the test of time. Like The Fat of the Land
or Jagged Little Pill
, the content has lost none of its power & its influence seems to stretch throughout late 90's dance.
Furthermore, go to see them live (or listen to Dreadzone Live at Sunrise
) & songs like 'Little Britain' & Zion Youth
are up there with the best of modern times. Curiously you will also discover that songs that sound cluttered & imperfect on here (e.g. 'Captain Dread') have been evolved to become polished perfection.
And yet this album isn't celebrated with the greatest, despite its abundance of diverse sounds (e.g. A Canterbury Tale), meaning that only a select few know about it.
Originally my attitude to this was that it was good to keep the secret. This is true, but given the lame state of music nowadays, I have a better idea:
With books, authors often print new editions to keep them up to date. My suggestion on this album is that Dreadzone should publish a second edition (including the re-recorded editions of all the songs), which will take the brilliance of this album, fuse it with the gradual improvements made through the live shows & then present the finished product to a whole new generation.
In this way, people could understand how amazing this album is & see great music with a fresh, unblinkered pair of eyes. If there is any justice in the charts, then songs like 'Little Britain', Shining Path
& the evolved versions of 'Captain Dread' & Zion Youth (Dreadzone Mix)
should wipe the floor with anything X factor provides & us loyal fans will have the pleasure of saying "I told you so!"
Sound a good idea? If it does, then make sure you ask Dreadzone at their next Gig & if we succeed, then it will be worth all the effort...
Alternatively, you could just buy this album & experience the brilliance of what this edition has to offer. Still, it'd be good if it did happen, wouldn't it?
P.S. As I'm such a huge fan of this album, I decided to write reviews of each of my favourite MP3's off of it. In order they are:Little BritainA Canterbury TaleCaptain Dread
If you want to try before you buy, then I seriously recommend the 1st two (together, because of the sample at the end of 'Little Britain') for a flavour of the album.