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VA – Soul Constitution ~ Instrumentals and Dubs 1971-1982 (2018)

Various Artists – Soul Constitution: Instrumentals & Dubs 1971-1982 (2018)
Reggae, Dub | 1:00:46 | WEB FLAC (tracks) | 308 MB
Label: Dub Store Records
Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett is much more than just one of the most renowned reggae bass players of all time. As the bassist of choice for Bob Marley and the Wailers from 1969 up until Marley’s untimely passing, Barrett acted as chief musical arranger and bandleader for the Wailers, greatly altering the course of reggae in the process. He has also been one of the most important Jamaican session musicians, beginning with the Hippie Boys in the late 1960s, and after helping reggae to become better established internationally as a member of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Upsetters band, he also performed bass duties for a range of noteworthy producers, including Bunny Lee and Keith Hudson, among many others. What is less known, but equally important, is that Family Man produced some of the most challenging and experimental reggae of the 1970s and 80s, issuing unique works in small quantity in Jamaica on a range of short-lived record labels. Soul Constitution collects the best of Family Man’s instrumental and dub output, issued between 1972 and 1982. Aside from a few early tracks recorded at Randy’s studio in the heart of downtown Kingston, much of the work was crafted at the rehearsal room of the original Tuff Gong, based at Marley’s uptown home at 56 Hope Road; some of these works have the very first instances of a drum machine being used in reggae, and all are marked by the supreme musicianship and unorthodox production techniques that has made Family Man’s releases greatly prized by reggae collectors. Several of the tracks are appearing for the first time on long-playing LP and CD format, and most come complete with stripped-down dub counterparts.

01. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Soul Constitution
02. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Distant Drums (feat. Knotty Roots)
03. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Eastern Memphis (feat. The Rebel Arms)
04. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Gideons High (feat. Max Edwards)
05. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Cell Block 11 (feat. Dizzy)
06. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Guided Missile
07. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Work
08. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Family Man Skank (feat. The Rebel Arms)
09. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Dub Combination (feat. The Rebel Arms)
10. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Cobra Style (Disco Mix)
11. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Well Pleased (Disco Mix)
12. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Tribute To Y Mas Gan (feat. The Rebel Arms)
13. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Rebel Am I
14. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Distant Drums Version (feat. Knotty Roots)
15. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Ixes (feat. Gideon All Stars)
16. Aston Family Man Barrett & The Wailers Band – Steppers Rock (feat. The Rebel Arms)

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