RONNIE DAVIS (b. 1950 - )
JAMMING IN DUB
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197? - Jamaican Recordings - studio - discs:1
Ronnie Davis was born in Savannah-La-Mar in 1950. By the mid 60's he was a member of a vocal group called The Tennors. Their first album was called "The Whole World Is A Stage". By the beginning of the 70's Davis cut two hits "Won't You Come Home" and "Stop Yu Loofing". During the first half of the decade other successful singles followed as "Jah Jah Jehovah", "Forget Me Now", "On And On" and "Babylon Falling". In 1976 he cut his classic "It's Raining". Around the same time Ronnie along with Keith Porter and Lloyd Ricketts founded The Itals. In 1979 an album containing five songs from Gregory Isaacs on one side and five from Ronnie was released and called "Gregory Isaacs Meets Ronnie Davis". It was produced by Ossie Hibbert. The present set collects some rare Dubs from the mid 70's. The following list tries to give as much as possible informations on the tracks. The set opens with "Raining Dub" versioning his classic "It's Raining" from 1976. Follows "Chasing Dub" on his "Chasing You". The third track is "Dub Overdue" based on Gregory Isaacs' "Love Overdue". Follows "Cover Dub" on his "Cover Me". The following is called "Evilmen Dub". The sixth track is "Tribal Dub" based on the immortal Little Roy's hit "Tribal War". Follows "What You Dub". The eighth track is called "Darling Dub" dubbing "Come To You Darling". Follows "Hard To Dub" based on his "Hard To Believe". The tenth track is "Control Dub" based on the classic "The Gorgon" and featuring some introduction by Jah Stitch. Follows "Living In Dub" based on his "Living In A World" single. After this comes "Ride The Dub" versioning "Ride The Donkey". Follows "Tell Dub" based on his "Tell You". The set closes with "Dub Not Remove". The tracks were recorded at various studios: Harry J's, Channel One and King Tubby's. The material was produced by Bunny Lee. Not all the material is particularly impressive, but searching around there are some very good Dubs. Simple but strong, immediate but inspecting these tracks will leave a powerful impression. As all good mid 70's Dub is or should be.