First up on a new mission to recording and digitizing a selection of cassette tapes buried deep in a few boxes of treasures, is a live recording from Zion Train Sound Systems. This tape was purchased from Camden Lock Market, London on one of many many record buying, music discovering trips to the city.
Zion Train was founded by Neil Perch, who also added the dub mixing and production styles, at the end of the 80′s and started releasing records at the beginning of the 1990′s. I had picked up their first single Power One and shortly after the twelve inch Power Two. These two recordings had direct influences of both dance music and the brimming early digital dub scene which was emerging over the last few years. The next 12″ was the heavy Follow Like Wolves and then one of my favorites, a collaboration with them and their label Universal Egg and the mighty Conscious Sounds label which was always turning classic after classic out of it’s stable.
Zion Train had off shoots under different guises, The Tassilli Players and The Abassi All Stars. The group are still going strong, gigging all over the world and releasing music on their own brand labels, Universal Egg, Deep Root and Category One. Check their excellent website for history, discography, events and gallery etc here at http://www.wobblyweb.com/
This is an early recording showcasing Zion Train’s sound which features tunes from Augustus Pablo, Hugh Mundell, Jah Shaka meets Aswad and Mad Professor’s killer True Born African tune. Plus their own recordings. Listed on the cassette is appearances from Clappers Priest, Hornsman and Molera.
Never had the chance to buy the first part. Do you have it? Be great to get to hear part 1. Let me know or post a link.
Further reading – Superb interview with Neil Perch on Irieup.com here.
All the best and happy vibes
PS Your LOVE this one from The Mighty Aba-Shanti I posted before. Check it out. BOOM
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