Dillinger – Bionic Dread (Black Swan ILPS 9455)

Dillinger’s second Lp (1976) to ride Jo Jo Hookim’s dubwise versions after the more famous CB 200. This is a wicked set, in terms of both the tough Channel 1 riddims (several of which the Mighty Diamonds and the Wailing Souls had previously cut definitive harmony group vocal versions, e.g. “They Never Loved Poor Marcus”, “Things and Time”, et. al) and the toasting, which deals with matters dread inna style reminiscent of Big Youth.  The vinyl is in very good condition, so the only piece of bad news concerns the cover which was cut to reveal the label, perhaps for DJing purposes; a real shame because this is a rare example of absolute excellence in reggae cover art.

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Published in: on February 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. dillinger’s “cocaine in my brain” used to get played a lot early on at an otherwise funky disco i used to attend in my teens (presumably to get the crowd in a relaxed mood before the boogieing-on-down started)

    maybe it was because it ripped-off the riff from people’s choice funk fave “do it any way you wanna” (i had to check it wasn’t the other way around!), or maybe it was because of the odd lyrics “a knife, a fork, a bottle and a cork, that’s the way we spell new york”, but i got to like it to the point where it eventually became the only reggae track in my early record collection (i didn’t even own any bob marley!)

  2. I’ve got a lovely mono 12″ of “cocaine” which gets played nice and loud when the wife and kids are elsewhere engaged.

    I’m guessing from your tone that you’ve corrected your collection to include plenty of reggae now.

  3. yes, although reggae has never been that popular with me, i certainly have a fair bit more of it in my collection these days! i am particularly partial to reggae artists having a go at funk – as with whiteys, they do it in their own special way. i also love the reggae-fied treatment of soul and funk tracks (as a “shaft” collector/completist i have three great reggae versions of ike’s immortal theme)

    apart from that i have the odd heavy dub track, plus i’ve got to like some of the later bob marley stuff – as you can probably tell, this isn’t really my field of expertise, but i’m guessing those are the two extremes as far as hipness goes…?


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