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Format: CD
Sku: 213780372
UPC: 689492097127
UPC 14: 00689492097127
Release Date: 2/23/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I'll Be Around - Gregory Isaacs ~ Various Artists
2. One Thousand Swords - Augustus Pablo ~ Various Artists
3. Harder Shade of Black - Augustus Pablo ~ Various Artists
4. Beter Shade of Dub - Dirty Harry/Santic All Stars ~ Various Artists
5. Peace In the Valley - Roman Stewart ~ Various Artists
6. Columbo - Augustus Pablo ~ Various Artists
7. Special Branch - Leonard Santic All Stars/Santic All Stars ~ Various Artists
8. Pablo In Dub - Augustus Pablo ~ Various Artists
9. Hell Boat - Santic All Stars ~ Various Artists
10. Children of Israel - Horace Andy ~ Various Artists
11. Problems - Horace Andy ~ Various Artists
12. Lovers Mood - Augustus Pablo ~ Various Artists
13. Jah Guide - Big Joe ~ Various Artists
14. Palace of Peace - Santic All Stars ~ Various Artists
15. Chalice Blaze - Jah Woosh ~ Various Artists
16. One Heavy Duba - King Tubby/Santic All Stars ~ Various Artists
17. Yamaha Ride - I-Roy ~ Various Artists
18. Mexican Rocking - Santic All Stars ~ Various Artists
19. I Don't Want To Lose You - Paul Whiteman ~ Various Artists
20. Shouldn't Say No - Jah Woosh ~ Various Artists
21. Santic Meet King Tubby - King Tubby/Santic All Stars ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Leroy Sibbles, Alvin Reggie Lewis (guitar); Augustus Pablo (melodica, piano, Clavinet, organ); Theophilus Beckford (piano); Ossie Hibbert (organ); Lloyd "Tinleg" Adams, Carlton "Carly" Barrett, Carlton "Santa" Davis (drums).
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Steve Barker; Harry Hawke.
Muze PNote Recording information: Harry J Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica; Joe Gibbs Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica; King Tubby's Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica; Randy's Studio, Kingston, Jamaica.
Muze PNote Photographer: Leonard "Santic" Chin.
Muze PNote Arranger: Leonard "Santic" Chin.
Muze PNote While Harder Shade of Black was available on LP for a good long run during the '70s, '80s, and even into the early '90s, it was the excellent Pressure Sounds imprint that finally brought producer Leonard "Santic" Chin's (the nickname is his label's name) album of killer productions from 1973-1975 to compact disc. Their original, Even Harder Shade of Black, issued on disc in 1995, collected most of what's on this album in the sense that it put the big singles and their dubs that made up that album onto a 16-track disc. This version contains that album in fine remastered style -- even the tracks taken from vinyl and acetates sound better than they did on the initial CD -- and some bonus material that is every bit as crucial as the cuts that made Santic a legend with some of the biggest stars in reggae history. Here one will find his first smash, "Pablo in Dub," with Augustus Pablo playing a melody over Santic's trademark inside-out rhythm where the bassline actually precedes the melody. This is heard to great effect on the title track and its dub where Pablo lays out a slippery counter melody in and through the dubbed-out effects on Leroy Sibbles bassline. But Pablo's clavinet ends up ruling the day -- underscored by a sparse, uncredited tenor saxophone part that plays the Beatles "Norwegian Wood" later in the tune -- especially on its dub version. Check Horace Andy's spontaneously cut vocal on "Children of Israel," or Roman Stewart's take on the hymn "Peace in the Valley," for the way Santic could place a vocal at the center of his dub space station mix. Gregory Isaacs' sweet, sexy version of the soul classic "I'll Be Around" opens the set and displays the rhythmic genius of Santic. "Columbo," by Pablo, is one of Chin's freakiest productions; the drums are thin and rickety, and Sibbles' bassline pumps the front end as Pablo's clavinet improvs on the melody, finding a healthy middle between the rhythm tracks, where the echo bleeds so much it overtakes the saxophone fills to signal the verse changes. It sounds like music from many dimensions converging. Another stellar cut is King Tubby with the Santic All-Stars on "One Heavy Duba," where rhythm is pushed so far into the red, everything else feels like a whisper. It bubbles and boils, simmers and splashes all over everything else in the mix. In all, there are 21 cuts on this version, issued in a slipcase with the original cover artwork. The booklet contains liners from the original album, as well as Even Harder Shade of Black's, plus excerpts from three interviews with Chin. For those who bought the LP, this is an excellent update, for those who bought the earlier CD, this is a noticeable improvement, and for those who've never heard it, it's about time. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Leonard "Santic" Chin

Engineer: Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock; Errol "Errol T" Thompson; Syd Bucknor

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/23/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 66
Music Label Name Label : Pressure Sounds
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00689492097127

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