The Aggravators & The Revolutionaries – Guerilla Dub

by Apr 30, 2024Artist, Reviews

Aggravators & Revolutionaries - Guerilla Dub

Release Info

Burning Sounds
Street date
April 26, 2024
Website Record Label


Side A
1. Cuddoe Dub
2. Garvey Dub
3. Paul Bogle Dub
4. Malcolm X Dub
5. Martin Luther Dub

Side B
1. Swapo Dub
2. Guerilla Dub
3. Maroon Dub
4. Ethiopean Dub
5. P.L.A. Dub

Burning Sounds has reissued the album Guerilla Dub by The Aggravators (The Aggrovators) and The Revolutionaries for this year’s Record Store Day (RSD). Originally released in 1978 by the UK-based record company, the 10-track album was then re-released on CD and 180 grams vinyl LP in 2016. Now, they have once again repressed the LP, this time on red colored vinyl LP.

Studio Bands

The Aggrovators, named after Lee’s Agro Sounds record shop, were a key session band for Bunny “Striker” Lee in the 1970s and 1980s. The Revolutionaries served as the house band for Channel One Studios, owned by the Hoo Kim brothers, during the same time period. The lineup of both bands frequently changed, with Bunny Lee and the Hoo Kim’s using the name to refer to whichever musicians they were working with at the time. Musicians like Sly & Robbie, Bertram McLean, Tommy McCook, Bobby Ellis, Vin Gordon, Ossie Hibbert, Earl “Chinna” Smith, and Aston Barrett were involved with both bands at one point or another. The Aggrovators and The Revolutionaries can be heard on numerous artist albums and dub collections that have been released throughout the past five decades.

Wrong Credits

Apart from The Aggrovators name being misspelled, there’s misinformation about the studio where the bands recorded the riddims. Contrary to what is stated on the cover, it was not King Tubby’s studio where the tracks were laid down. Rather, the recordings of the tracks took place at Channel One and Harry J and were later remixed by Ossie Hibbert at King Tubby’s much smaller studio, which was only used for voicing by artists and producers.

Dub Counterparts

Guerilla Dub features dub counterparts of vocal tracks from Jimmy Riley’s late ’70s LPs Majority Rule, Showcase, and Tell The Youths The Truth, with some of them being previously released as 7″ singles in Jamaica. Most tracks include vocal snippets that allow listeners to easily connect them back to the original vocal cuts. The journey into dub gets started with Cuddoe Dub, a nicely dubbed up rockers style riddim with subtle organ parts. Instantly recognizable is the captivating Garvey Dub, the quintessential dub counterpart to Jimmy Riley’s title track of the Majority Rule LP. This dub, although differently mixed, is also known as The Revolutionaries’ The Conqueror. The matching Paul Bogle Dub is the version to Jimmy Riley’s hit song Nyah-Bingi which is featured on the Showcase LP. And also the vocal cut to Malcolm X Dub, A You, is featured on the same LP. The A-side is rounded off with Martin Luther Dub, a relick of Alton Ellis’ Can I Change My Mind riddim. The other side of this vinyl platter continues to bring listeners the same kind of dub offerings. Most notable efforts include the title track Guerilla Dub and Maroon Dub, a dubbed up version of Cleaning Up The Streets, which was a hit for the singer in the 1970s.

Fans of dub music produced during its heydays in Jamaica are treated to riddims with a heavy bass sound and crisp beats. Horn melodies are highlighted in specific songs, while understated vocal snippets nicely contribute to the appeal of certain tracks. In all, a welcome addition to the collection of any vintage dub afficionado.

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