I was dial twisting earlier today and came across a bombastic radio show on listener sponsored WPKN-FM 89.5. The program was titled: “Irie Feelings Radio”, the disk jockey was a cat by the name of Dave-o. He definitely had his groove on. He was playing a great mix of Jamaican Dub music which settled in perfect on the car audio system.
He turned me on to a Jamaican reggae deejay that I was totally unfamiliar with, Prince Far I. The more he played tracks by the Prince of Peace, the more I dug it. Dub is infectious.
The late Prince Far I recorded some cool sounds. I am liking the recording, Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 1, immensely.
I am itching to see Gov’t. Mule live in concert again. I’ve seen the band five times during the decade from 2005 – 2015. This jam band has so much kick. They have never disappointed me with their versatility and showmanship.
I waded in the deepest when Gov’t. Mule released their studio recording, Mighty High almost 7.5 years ago on October 16, 2007. Of all the Gov’t. Mule recordings that I own, Mighty High is my personal favorite, I am renewed when I revisit it. Gov’t. Mule gave Dub a newfound purpose and meaning.
Mighty High was a direct outgrowth of the seeds germinated by Gov’t. Mule and friends the year before in NYC. In honor of that pivotal concert, Dub Side of the Mule will be released on April 7th via Evil Teen Records.
Recorded during Mule’s fabled New Year Eve 2006 performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the show features three-plus hours of Mule standards and covers, including a 1-hour reggae/R&B set featuring Toots Hibbert, the legendary founder of Toots & The Maytals. This set includes many of Toots’ revered songs including: “Pressure Drop,” “54-46 Was My Number,” “Reggae Got Soul,” and a rendition of his version of the Radiohead song, “Let Down.” The album also includes special appearances by Gregg Allman & Friendsand John Popper (from Blues Traveler).
All 34 tracks have been remixed and mastered. The album will be available in three formats: standard edition CD (1 CD of the entire set with Toots, plus two additional Mule-only reggae songs), standard edition vinyl (two 180-gram vinyl’s of the Toots set, plus two additional Mule-only reggae songs & a download code for the digital files), and a deluxe edition (3 CDs of the entire 3-hour performance, plus a DVD of only the entire reggae set with Toots Hibbert.
Check out this video clip from that blissful evening.