I Roy would say when he saw the cover: "Well, this guy is loaded with dynamite and now he is well charged."
So, to wrap up my Mighty Diamonds Dubtrilogy there is now an album which at first glance does not indicate any connection with the Mighty Diamonds. "Well Chared: Vital Dub(Virgin Records) was originally on the Hookim brothers' Well Charge label entitled: Vital Dub Strictly Rockers” before it was released in England and hit like a bomb.
The cover alone got a lot of my friends interested in this album and led to a lot of speculation: “The guy clearly had more than one pull on that spliff. The spliff looks like it's just been lit, while the guy looks like he's already got three dowels in... In that state, he can't even make a triangle ring, etc."
Ok, back to the topic at hand: the riddims that are on this classic Dub-Set from 1976 are, with one exception, from the undisputed masterpiece of the Mighty Diamonds: "The Right Time" aka "I Need A Roof" and this connection alone has earned the reputation of "Vital Dub“ reasoned. Although no band is named on the album cover, a quick look at the line-up (despite some aliases) and it's obvious that the rhythms of this work were recorded by the early revolutionaries: drummer Sly Dunbar, bassist "Ranchie" McLean ( partial replacement for Robbie Shakespeare), keyboardist Ansel Collins and all the other usual suspects are mentioned. Joseph "Jo Jo" Hookim and keyboardist Ossie Hibbert sat at the mixing desk. The mix is mostly a straight-through of the rhythms that are still unparalleled to this day. The solid production is a remarkable instrumental collection Dubs. The tracks are versions of classic Mighty Diamonds songs from their prolific Front Line period (Virgin/Caroline), including Dubs of "Go Seek Your Rights" (presented here as "Cell Block 11") and the anthem of suffering "I Need a Roof" ("Roof Top Dub"). As is typical of hookim productions, the Dub-Arrangements idiomatic without being terribly innovative. Nevertheless, the instrumental tracks on which the tracks are based are and remain milestones. "Vital Dub“ is one of the Dubalbums that established the riddim twins Sly and Robbie. Anyone who wants a gentle introduction to the world of Dubs searches could be a lot worse off than starting with this.
Sly Dunbar recalls: “When we made the riddim for 'Right Time,' the Diamonds weren't in the studio. I went back to Channel One to hear the vocals and I said, 'This is wicked.'
I can only agree with that opinion.