Rockers From Higher Powers I-Tal & Session in Midnight Dread #41 Oct. 19th-20th 1980



Domestic bliss on board. I-tal forever puts Painesville, Ohio on the reggae map with their premium debut, the majestic & soaring “Rockers” contained herein. Burning Spear is about to make his west coast debut in San Francisco so 33 years ahead Midnight Dread drops the foot long forty five of his masterwork “Civilized Reggae” to spark the show brightly. The Mexicano gets the dready Eddy Grant treatment in his “Trial By Television” 12″ while Channel One Bunny Control King Tubby. Scarce selections from Black Slate, Johnny Osbourne, Roland Al, The Specials, Wailing Souls round out the curation. Largely unheard ever since its original dreadcast here’s its online resurrection, freshly digitized & mastered. Another outstanding conscious time capsule live & positive from a few weeks before a crucial Jamaican election set for Oct. 30th 1980 & the Carter/Reagan showdown a week later stateside. Bob Marley, still alive, sings “Real Situation” and exclaims “Bye bye” just before it fades. Stevie Wonder’s “Masterblaster Dub” 12″ gets a Midnight Dread mashup at midnight. Reggae music from the US heartland is joined by M. Al Azeem leading Session in Oakland CA backed by Sly Dunbar in a fiery track “Tell Me” from their initial album just out that month:


Dreadcasting over the air since 1979 & online since 1996 dreader 21st Century Midnight Dread programs air daily at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page. Go deh. All of dem.

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