Grant Phabao, Lone Ranger, Carlton Livingston - (A Message To You) Rudie
Carlton Livingston & Lone Ranger
Produced by Grant Phabao
(A Message To You) Rudie
(12") T.I.M.E.C. TIMEC091, 2006-03-29
A1. (A Message To You) Rudie - Extended Version
B1. (A Message To You) Rudie - Grant Phabao Dub
"Massive re work of a classic Specials hit, this will be your bag for a long time.
Already getting support from Unabombers and Afro Art this re work from the Parisian GRANT PHABAO is gonna be a big smash this year, great end of night track"
[DJ & Presenter of the Black & Blue Radio Show & the Heavy Mannas Show]
"How good is this version!! A real gem and a funky dancehall take of the classic "...Rudie" tune. This is a sure-fire festival winner and will feature on my shows and in my sets. This is a really sweet release. Can't wait to hear more from the T.I.M.E.C. crew. Play listed on Black & Blue / Heavy Mannas Radio and On-Line shows."
"Very nice. This will work very well as a end of nighter for me. Chart 11."
"The Rudie record is getting some amazing reactions.. Everyone goes nutso when its played"
"Remember David Livingstone's reggae classic '(Message To You) Rudie'? Well, that cut which would eventually be covered at the end of the seventies by UK outfit The Specials turning it onto what was know as ska at the time makes a winning return to its homeland with a brand new rendition of Grant Phabao starring Lone Ranger & Carlton Livingston (check out Phabao's dub) on T.I.M.E.C. A cut to be released on a 500 copies limited edition next March, so hurry up when it comes!"
[Clubstar/Soul Star Records/Henri Kohn]
"TIMEC091_A1_Rudie: great. both mixes"
"Made famous by a late 70s cover by The Specials, "(A Message To You) Rudie" returns to Jamaica on this version, which has been put together by Grant Phabao and features the vocal stylings of Lone Ranger and Carlton Livingston. Hearty brass and plucky guitars back the cautionary vocals on the 'Extended Version'. Grant's dub is a shootout between valiant brass, gallant guitars and an engulfing bass."
"A great little remake of "(MESSAGE TO YOU) RUDIE", an instant classic in a classic Jamaican stylee. The riddim is produced by GRANT PHABAO of PRO-ZAK TRAX/T.I.M.E.C. & vocals are by THE LONE RANGER & CARLTON LIVINGSTON. This is the first single from the label, look out for more remixes to come. (TIMEC) DUB HEADZ"
Press Release :
Originally penned by DANDY LIVINGSTON in Jamaica, "(MESSAGE TO YOU) RUDIE" became the international hit single everybody knows when THE SPECIALS covered it in 1979 (with ELVIS COSTELLO producing).
Now the track gets back to Jamaica with legendary Studio One deejay LONE RANGER (without whom there wouldn't be any YELLOWMAN, SHABBA RANKS or SEAN PAUL today), and his rub-a-dub partner CARLTON LIVINGSTON, who spill some hearty vocals with the usual signature gimmicks from THE LONE RANGER, the original "oink", "ribbit" and other "Tell You 'Bout It" master.
Their version of "(MESSAGE TO YOU) RUDIE" is an instant classic, a smash in-your-face hit single that you can recognize as such in a few seconds. They're keeping the flavour original, on a Jamaican tempo... roots style! Just check back the SOUL JAZZ compilations "STUDIO ONE DJS" or "STUDIO ONE CLASSICS" for a taste of LONE RANGER classics.
The riddim is produced by french dubmeister GRANT PHABAO, former PRO-ZAK TRAX hitmaker and sound engineer. A lot of people remember his pumpin' house n°1 in clubs hit single "Tub", which was played in all the clubs of the planet by the biggest Djs in the world (ERIK MORILLO played it for more than one year!), but also its rootsy dub B-Side "Andub Head Yudu", which was compiled on GUIDANCE's "Hi-Fidelity Dub Sessions VOl.1" compilation, among others.
A few classy singles followed, in a dubby-blaxploitation vibe, and in 2005 he issued on his own label T.I.M.E.C. his first album, "KULCHAKLASH", a reggae roots gem with a few chunks of electronic production skills and a marked taste for the 70's sound of KING TUBBY, LEE PERRY or HERBIE HANCOCK.
The album already featured THE LONE RANGER on 6 tracks, including a marvellous cover of "FEVER", and made big waves in Jamaica, with veterans claiming that GRANT PHABAO had brought back "The Original KING TUBBY Sound"!
The new single "(MESSAGE TO YOU) RUDIE)" is the first official vinyl release of the parisian international music web agency T.I.M.E.C., and will be followed by a series of original reggae 12"s with HORACE ANDY, LONE RANGER, ECHO MINOTT, THE JAYS and many more. Some Remixes are also planned for release on vinyl with JON KENNEDY (GRAND CENTRAL), MAWGLEE (BASTARD JAZZ), FLEVANS (TRU THOUGHTS), DOCTOR L (MIND), ERIK RUG (LES DISQUES DU TELEGRAPHE), DRUGS (KRAKED), CHRONIC SONATA (BASTARD JAZZ), ARK (PERLON), THE MACKROSOFT (DUSTY GROOVE/TIMEC), EUMIR DEODATO (!!)...
Attention buyers: reggae, dub, rub-a-dub
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