Roots Radics: Sowell, Bingy Bunny, Bo Pee, Alan (guitar); Deadly Headley, Dean Fraser (saxophone); Nambo Robinson (trombone); Gladdie Anderson, Ansel Collins, Winston Wright (keyboards); Flabba Holt (bass); Style, Santa (drums); Sticky, Skully, Sky Juice (percussion).
Personnel: Bo Pee, Alan Bassford (guitar); Deadly Headley, Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson (horns); Gladdy Anderson, Ansel Collins, Winston Wright (keyboards); Style Scott, Santa (drums); Skully, Sky Juice, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Scientist.
Arranger: Hyman Wright.
Scientist is a master reggae singer/mix-master who, in 1981, recorded this deep, dark, spooky set of dub. Dub, for those new to the term, is a style of reggae where a song is deconstructed/reconstructed by the person running the mixing board. Echoes are added, vocals are subtracted, voices and instruments bounce about like balls in a game of pool. The boisterous vocals jump out at you, the bass is heavy enough to rock your insides, the drums reverberate like ghostly footfalls and the other instruments--guitar, horns, keyboards--create earthy yet eerie textures. Don't let the title put you off--RIDS THE WORLD is top-of-the-line dub reggae.