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Various – Reggae Anthology Bobby Digital Vol.1 – X-tra Wicked

by | Mar 15, 2018 | Reviews, Various

Reggae Anthology Bobby Digital Vol.1 - X-tra Wicked
Reggae Anthology Bobby Digital Vol.1 - X-tra Wicked

Release Info

Various – Reggae Anthology Bobby Digital Vol.1 – X-tra Wicked

Label: VP Music Group | Format: 2CD/1DVD-DR-2LP | Street date: February 2, 2018 | Website Label | Facebook Label

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Shabba Ranks – Peenie Peenie
  2. Cocoa Tea – Lonesome Side
  3. Daddy Lizard – Inaculator
  4. Pad Anthony – Shake Them Down
  5. Cocoa Tea & Shabba Ranks – Love Me Truly
  6. Horace Andy – See A Man’s Face
  7. Horace Andy – Bless You
  8. Johnny Osbourne – Little Sound Boy
  9. Shabba Ranks – Just Reality
  10. Shabba Ranks – Dem Bow
  11. Shabba Ranks – Wicked In Bed
  12. Sanchez – I Can’t Wait
  13. Wayne Wonder – Ebony Eyes
  14. Singing Melody – Are You Gonna Say It
  15. Admiral Tibet, Shabba Ranks & Ninjaman – Serious Time
  16. Ninjaman – Things A Gwaan
  17. Mad Cobra – Tek Him
  18. Tony Rebel – Sweet Jamaica
  19. Chaka Demus – Teach Them
  20. Buju Banton – The Grudge

Disc Two:

  1. Glen Ricks – Sitting In The Back Seat
  2. Johnny Osbourne – Play Play Girl
  3. Admiral Tibet – Keep On Telling Me
  4. Gregory Isaacs & Ninjaman – Set Me Free
  5. Garnett Silk – Bless Me
  6. Leroy Smart – Victory Is Mine
  7. Half Pint – Subsitute Lover
  8. Sanchez – Missing You Now
  9. Daddy Screw – Loverman
  10. Red Dragon – It A Bun Dem
  11. Buju Banton – Good Looking Gyal
  12. Pinchers – Carpenter
  13. Mad Cobra – Find And Kill
  14. Terror Fabulous – Yu Woulda Bawl
  15. Bounty Killer – Long Or Tall
  16. Cocoa Tea – No Threat
  17. Shabba Ranks – Respect
  18. Leroy Sibbles & Beenie Man – Original Full Up
  19. General Degree – Papa Lover
  20. Frankie Paul – I Got The Vibes

Disc 3 (DVD)

  1. Bobby “Digital” Dixon The Bobby Digital Story
Bobby ‘Digital’ Dixon

Robert Dixon, better known as Bobby ‘Digital’ Dixon, grew up in West Kingston, – a sprawl of ghetto neighbourhoods stretching out from Spanish Town Road to Washington Boulevard, and with Waterhouse at their epicentre. Attending the local dances in his neighbourhood he became fascinated with the sound and its technical aspects of the soundsystems. His brother studied electronics and Bobby read his books and learned a lot about the subject. He started repairing electrical stuff and was introduced to Prince Jammy where he rapidly learned dub-cutting, voicing and mixing under Jammy’s tuition. Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee named him ‘Digital’ after witnessing his ready grasp of the latest technology, used during the rise of Steelie and Clevie’s computerised riddim tracks in 1985. Very soon he was to play a pivotal role in the running of the studio and recorded extensively with artists like Sanchez, Cocoa Tea, Shabba Ranks, Chaka Demus, Admiral Bailey and many more.

Digital B

Around 1988 he formed his own Heat Wave sound system, build his own studio and set up his Digital B label. Shabba Ranks, with whom he had recorded several hits at Jammy’s, was the first one to voice at Bobby’s own studio. Those initial sessions resulted in songs like “Just Reality” and “Wicked In Bed”, tunes that he would include in the 1990 album “Just Reality”. That album was a more raw dancehall orientated set of slackness tunes and rootical tunes. The stylistic origins of the genre reggaeton may partially be traced back to the song “Dem Bow”, from that particular album. That album paved the way for Shabba Ranks’ international career. He specialised in skilfully recreating classic riddims from the past inna digital style and released numerous one (or two) riddim albums.

Nineties

The early nineties saw top notch releases from Sanchez, Dirtsman, Gregory Isaacs, Admiral Tibet and Pinchers to name but a few. Dancehall fever swept the island with tunes from Ninjaman, Cobra, Jigsy King, Daddy Screw, General Pecus, General Degree, Major Mackerel and Buju Banton. The latter would score with a heavily reconstructed lick of the ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ riddim called “Good Looking Gal”. Around 1992 Bobby teamed up with a deejay-turned-singer from Mandeville, Garnett Silk. He would inspire several deejays to make the transition from slackness and gun lyrics to roots. The album “It’s Growing” was Garnett’s impressive debut set. In 1993 he’d enjoyed dancehall chart success with tunes by Cobra, Terror Fabulous and Louie Culture. By 1994 reggae fans were already accustomed to buying anything on Digital B by sight. The Bobby Digital story continues on the second volume, “Reggae Anthology Bobby Digital Vol.2 – Serious Times”

disc One

The 40 songs on this collection are a truly stunning showcase of Bobby Digital qualities as a producer and mixing engineer. If you’re a reggae fan it’s impossible you won’t know and love these tunes. Disc One starts with three cuts pon the ‘Peanie Peanie’ riddim, best known track of course by Shabba Ranks, followed by two licks of the ‘Real Rock’ riddim -Pad Anthony’s “Shake Them Down”and the awesome “Love Me Truly” by the duo Shabba Ranks and Cocoa Tea. More riddim niceness with 3 tunes on the ‘Tune In’ riddim – “Bless Me” by Horace Andy, the hugely popular “Little Sound Boy” from Johnny Osbourne and Shabba’s aforementioned “Just Reality”. The mighty Sanchez recut John Holt’s “A Love I Can Feel” as “I Can’t Wait” with tremendous success. Admiral Tibet had voiced “Serious Time” at Jammy’s and once Bobby had added overdubs by Shabba Ranks & Ninjaman it became even a bigger chart smasher! Bobby’s reworking of the “Cherry Oh Baby’ riddim is featured here twice, Dirtsman with the glorious “Tek Him” and Tony Rebel’s “Sweet Jamaica”.

Disc Two

Disc Two takes off with Glen Rick’s lick pon Ken Boothe’s ‘Moving Away’, the riddim returns with Half Pint’s exceptional hit success “Substitute Lover”. Johnny Osbourne redoes his Studio One hit “Play Play Girl”, followed by Admiral Tibet’s “Keep On telling Me” across Treasure Isle’s ‘I’m In The Mood For Love’ riddim. Garnett Silk lays down some serious roots business with “Bless Me” while Sanchez comes up with the popular ‘Rougher Yet’ riddim as he performs the lovers tune “Missing You Now”. The badboy of reggae Leroy Smart voiced a satisfying tune “Victory Is Mine” across Bob Andy’s ‘Unchained’ riddim. Pinchers and Mad Cobra shine on Bobby’s digital reworking of the ‘Ba Ba Boom’ riddim. The Warlord Bounty Killer recorded the tough dancehall tune “Long Or Tall” using ‘Death In The Arena’ riddim. Jackie Mittoo’s stunning ‘Hot Milk’ is the backdrop for Cocoa Tea’s “No Threat” and Shabba’s “Respect”. Killer Tunes!

DVD

The third disc is a DVD (52 minutes). In his studio, sitting at his mixing board Bobby Digital tells the story of his career, assisted by several big names in the reggae business: King Jammy, Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee, Cocoa Tea, Dean Fraser, Mikey Bennett, Nadine Sutherland, Sizzla, Clifton ‘Specialist’ Dillon, Computer Paul, Sly Dunbar and many more. A very interesting story, though it’s sometimes hard to fully understand due to the fact that there are no subs for the Patois spoken parts.

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Playlist
Selected Digital B Tunes

Shabba Ranks – Just Reality
Cocoa Tea – Lonesome Side
Mad Cobra – Tek Him
Sanchez – I Can’t Wait
Buju Banton- Good Looking Gal
Garnett Silk – Bless Me
Half Pint – Substitute Lover
Johnny Osbourne – Little Sound Boy

Review

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Conclusion Breathtaking package. Essential purchase!

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