Boomkat Product Review:
Super heavy dub set - originally issued in a low fidelity, stencilled sleeve on one of Lloyd Barnes numerous imprints, Aries. This is bravura stuff from the mid seventies golden era, and a superb collection of some very obscure sevens which surfaced on Aries and on Tafari in Jamaica.
"Free for all" is ultimate dread materials present in three thrilling versions, cut at Randy's and with Aston Family Man Barrett in the place on keys. The Charlie Ace deejay cut Meditation Dub is some ital stew for sure, add to this classic dubs of Little Roy's Tribal War and further versions of Stranger Cole My Application and K.C. White's awesome All For Free, maximum bass wreckage. Productions come from Melvin 'Munchie' Jackson and Lloyd Barnes were begun in Jamaica and finished off in New York - one of this or for that matter any year's essential reissues.
The title track was recorded at Randy’s, and came originally on The Heptones’ Hepic label, featuring Family Man Barrrett on keyboards, and - on the deejay cut here, Meditation Dub - sounds like Charlie Ace. There are dubs of Little Roy’s Tribal War and Black Bird; Stranger Cole’s My Application, later re-voiced by The Heptones, turns up as Dis Ya Dub; and if things weren’t smoke-filled enough, Roots is the rhythm of K.C. White’s All For Free.