Prince Lincoln Thompson and the Royal Rasses Band – Harder Na Rass

by Nov 27, 2023Artist, Reviews

Prince Lincoln Thompson and the Royal Rasses Band - Harder Na Rass

Release Info

Label
Burning Sounds/Secret Records
Format
LP / CD
Street date
November 24, 2023
Contact
Website Record Label

Tracklist
Side 1
1. Interstellar Overdub (4.12)
2. Second Sight (5.00)
3. Nebular Dub (4.37)
4. Time Warp (4.05)
5. Universally Dubbed (4.27)

Side 2
1. Terrestial Dub (4.24)
2. Gravitational Echoes (4.39)
3. Dub Vortex (3.32)
4. Regenerated Dub (4.36)
5. Cosmic Silence (4.28)

Prince Lincoln Thompson

In the late 1960s, Prince Lincoln Thompson gained recognition as a member of The Tartans, alongside Cedric Myton and Devon Russell, who would later become prominent figures in the reggae scene. The group achieved local fame with their single Dance All Night. Thompson’s career then progressed in the early 1970s when he recorded several memorable tracks for Coxsone Dodd, using his unique falsetto voice to connect with Jamaican audiences.
In 1975, he established the Royal Rass-es alongside Cedric Myton and Keith Peterkin. Simultaneously, he launched the God Sent label and released a number of exceptional singles such as Love The Way It Should Be and Kingston 11. Later, in 1979, he signed a deal with Ballistic Records/United Artists and released the album Humanity, which unfortunately did not attain commercial success. Read the review here.
Regrettably, the subsequent albums failed to resonate with the wider audience, leading to his disappointment and subsequent withdrawal to Jamaica. After a few years, he did come back to London to make a living as a shopkeeper, and during this time, he recorded yet another album, which unfortunately met the same fate. In 1997, he made another unsuccessful endeavor with the album 21st Century, and sadly, he passed away two years later, feeling disillusioned.

Harder Na Rass

Burning Sounds has released multiple Prince Lincoln albums in the past, and their most recent offering is the reissue of the 1979 LP Harder Na Rass. This album features dub versions of the second LP, Experience, which was also released in the same year. Read here the review of that album. The initial tracks were recorded at the Harry J Studio under the expertise of seasoned engineer Sylvain Morris. However, for the dub remixes, they decided to switch to King Tubby’s small studio, where a young Prince Jammy passionately worked on the original tracks and ingeniously transformed them into dub using his own unique approach.

Musicians

During the late 1970s, there was an abundance of highly talented and experienced musicians who gathered at the Kingston studios, many of whom came together to work on the Experience album. While it would be too extensive to list them all, we will highlight a few. Bagga Walker, for instance, played the bass, and Horsemouth was behind the drum kit. Keyboards were played by Geoffrey Chung and Pablove Black, among others. Willie Lindo and Ernest Ranglin were just two of the various guitarists, and in the brass section, Headley Bennett, Bobby Ellis, and Tommy McCook were among the participants.

Jammy

Jammy’s mixing style prioritizes creating clear and transparent remixes, allowing ample space for each instrument to shine. In this particular project, he excludes vocal bits and pieces, although he doesn’t excessively deconstruct the original tracks, making it simple to identify their origins within the dubs. Additionally, he avoids overindulging in extravagant sound effects, contributing to an overall relaxed atmosphere that permeates the album.

Dynamic Drum and Bass

Undoubtedly, the standout track from the Experience album was True Experience, a rendition of Lincoln’s Studio One hit. The dub version, Second Sight, seamlessly complements the original by incorporating Jammy’s subtle echo on the drums and allowing the guitar solos to shine, creating a captivating contrast with the deep bass. Insterstellar Overdub, the dub version of Thanksgiving, immediately catches attention with its prominent horn parts taking center stage, effectively replacing the vocals so to speak. Blessed Are The Meek holds a prominent position on the vocal album, establishing itself as one of our cherished tracks. Jammy skillfully transforms it into Time Warp, effortlessly integrating cheerful guitar chords atop the dynamic drum and bass foundation.

Awe-inspiring Horn Arrangements

In Gravitational Echoes, Jammy artfully reimagines Babylon Is Falling, the vibrant roots song, showcasing a riddim slightly infused with the contemporary disco/funk vibe of that era. The dub rendition skillfully alters the drum components and accentuates the organ elements, deviating from its original form. Featuring awe-inspiring horn arrangements, the remixed rendition of Nobody Here But Me, called Terrestial Dub, captivates from the first notes, and a similar allure can be found in Nebular Dub. In the latter track, Jammy skillfully incorporates additional instruments, elevates percussion prominence, and masterfully toys with captivating sound effects. Dub Vortex is the dub rendition of You Gotta Have Love (Jah Love). The vocal track is accompanied by a mesmerizing riddim, which continues to shine in the dub version. While there are minimal effects and the majority of the instruments remain unchanged, it is more appropriate to categorize this rendition as an instrumental version, highlighting the bass and organ parts.

Second Sight

Time Warp

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