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DillingerTalkin' Blues

Label:Bellaphon – BBS 2577
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:Germany
Released:
Genre:Reggae
Style:Roots Reggae, Dub

Tracklist

A1African World Wide6:20
A2Truth And Rights5:20
A3Don't Take Another Mans Life4:50
B1Trial And Crosses4:55
B2Jah Love7:40
B3Mind Your Own Business3:10
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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Talkin' Blues (LP, Album)Magnum Records (4)DEAD 1001UK1977
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Talkin' Blues (LP, Album)Jamaica SoundJSLP 007UK1978
Talkin' Blues (LP, Album)Jamaica SoundZL 37281France1979
Dillinger (LP, Album)Surprise (3)JTU AL 65BelgiumUnknown

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nilo82
Edited 5 years ago
"CB 200" might be the best known album by Dillinger, but "Talkin' Blues" might be the strongest set. It has been released first in 1976 under the title "Ranking Dillinger - None Stop Disco Style" - to my knowledge the only difference is that for whatever reason the tracks on "Talkin' Blues" are on average 40 seconds shorter.

For this album, only the strongest Bunny Lee riddims have been picked. All but one are originally backings for Johnny Clarke, the most popular singer at the time. Only "Trial & Crosses" is a cut of Leroy Smart's famous "Wreck Up My Life". Dillinger is on top of his game and delivers conscious lyrics in his lamenting style with precise timing.

What makes this really special are the so called "discomixes", meaning all tracks are followed by a dub-version without a pause in between. Even better: on most tracks there's an extra sax or a flute in the mix providing hints of melodies before the reverb and echoe sets in. Unlike some of Dillinger's international orientated releases this is raw mid 70's roots music.