Errol Flabba Holt – Roots Radics Dub

by | Jan 9, 2017 | Artist, Reviews

Errol Flabba Holt - Roots Radics Dub
Errol Flabba Holt

Release Info

Title: Errol Flabba Holt – Roots Radics Dub

Label: Ranking Joe Universal Records | Format: LP | Street date: January 9, 2017 | Website: N/A


Side A.

  1. Flabba Dub
  2. Screw Face Dub
  3. Bronx Bombers
  4. Macka Dub
  5. Ark Dub

Side B.

  1. Satta Dub
  2. Criple Man Skank
  3. Rub A Dub Style
  4. Murder Dub
  5. Super Special Dub

Originally released in 1981 on the Tad’s label with very few copies pressed, Errol Flabba Holt’s rare dub album entitled “Roots Radics Dub” has been re-issued by Ranking Joe Universal Records.

Errol Carter, who is also known as Errol Holt and Flabba Holt, is probably best known as the founder/leader/bass player of the Roots Radics, the most in-demand session band in the first half of the 1980s, which also were the backing band for artists like Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer and Israel Vibration on stage. But before he and Eric “Bingy Bunny” Lamont founded the Roots Radics in 1978, he already had started his music career playing sessions for the likes of Bunny “Striker” Lee and Lee “Scratch” Perry in the late ’60s/early ’70s.

Some of the greatest players of instruments from Jamaica are involved here. Besides Errol “Flabba” Holt on bass, the line-up furthermore consists of Lincoln “Style” Scott on drums; Gladstone Anderson on piano; Winston Wright on organ; Winston “Bo Pee” Bowen on lead guitar; Jah Screw on percussion, and Senel on rhythm guitar. It were Ranking Joe & Jah Screw who produced this 10 track dub album, which largely contains dubbed up versions of tracks from the 1981 released LP “Reggae In City”(aka “The Best Of Tony Tuff”), also produced by the aforementioned duo, who by the way produced the better known classic 1981 dub set “Dangerous Dub”. Just like the latter, the forceful “Roots Radics Dub” has been mixed at King Tubby’s old studio by the King himself on riddims recorded at Channel One with engineer Soljie Hamilton. At the time King Tubby actually worked the board for the first time in years as Scientist had gone to Channel One and Tubbs had no one else to do it.

“Roots Radics Dub” features raw and very weighty early 1980s riddims played by the Roots Radics, bridging the roots and dancehall phases. The mix is mostly raw and the dub versions largely consist of drum, bass and crashing percussion with occasional bits of guitar, piano and keyboard. It’s obvious that this dub album in many ways resembles “Dangerous Dub”. However, unlike the latter some of the cuts here have snatches of vocal in the mix, in this case of course Tony Tuff’s. These tracks include “Bronx Bommers” (“Hello Good Looking”), “Ark Dub” (“Tired Of This Life I Am Living”), “Satta Dub” (“Hope It’s True”), and “Rub A Dub Style” (“Matty Roots Man”, across a relick of Carlton & His Shoes’ “Love Me Forever” riddim). Only the last track on side B, “Super Special Dub”, features an unknown vocal (most likely Ranking Joe).