Prince Far I and The Arabs – “Dub to Africa” – [Pressure Sounds]
Prince Far I. Really, what else needs to be said. Prince Far I.
Well, maybe a bit more. On this 1979 release the Prince, master percussionist and producer did both of those things plus introduced the songs in his distinctive low, gravel sounding voice. It hits you deep when you hear him speak. Not a lot of chances for his “chanting”, as he called it, rather than “toasting”, but it works so well. For this album the Prince hired new, younger musicians, rather than his studio regulars. These guys later became the foundation of the Roots Radics. The bass is strong and deep. There is a lot of guitar work. The effects may not be as twisted as one would expect but even more straight forward Prince Far I is more out there than most dub that comes out. Put your head between the speakers and feel the bass.