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The Revolutionaries (aka "Revolutionaires") is a Jamaican reggae band. Set up in 1975 as the house band of the Channel One Studios owned by Joseph Hoo Kim, The Revolutionaries with Sly Dunbar on drums and Bertram "Ranchie" McLean on bass, created the new "rockers" style that would change the whole Jamaican sound (from roots reggae to rockers, and be imitated in all other productions). Beside Sly, many musicians played in the band: Robbie Shakespeare on bass, JoJo Hookim, Bertram McLean, and Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan on guitar, Ossie Hibbert, Errol "Tarzan" Nelson, Robert Lyn or Ansel Collins on keyboards, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson, Noel "Scully" Simms on percussion, Tommy McCook, Herman Marquis on saxophone, Bobby Ellis on trumpet and Vin Gordon on trombone.

The band played on numerous dub albums and recorded as a backing band for artists like B.B. Seaton, Black Uhuru, Culture, Prince Alla, Leroy Smart, Gregory Isaacs, John Holt, The Heptones, Mighty Diamonds, I-Roy, Tapper Zukie, Trinity, U Brown, Errol Scorcher, Serge Gainsbourg, among others.

(Read more at Wikipedia.)

Links to Peel

"Good dub is the most timeless of popular musics. Discuss, using one side of the paper only."
(John Peel, after playing 'Red River Dub' by the Revolutionaries, 22 April 1995 (BFBS))

As a big fan of dub reggae, Peel played music released under the name of the Channel One studio band across the decades, from 1977 to his last full month of shows in September 2004, with an emphasis on collections of vintage material in later years, as well other records on which the same shifting cast of musicians played uncredited as the backing band.

In 1978, the DJ played numerous tracks from the "Leggo Dub" LP credited to the Ossie All Stars, named after keyboard player Ossie Hibbert, supported by other Revolutionaries personnel.[1] [2] Show tracklistings also included releases put out under the names Sly & The Revolutionaries (spotlighting drummer Sly Dunbar), Channel One[3] (after the studio) and Channel One All Stars.

Many musicians who played with the Revolutionaries were also given airtime by Peel in other roles, including the celebrated rhythm section and production duo of Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, who first worked together in the Channel One grouping.[4]

Festive Fifty Entries

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Other Shows Played

1977
1978
  • 04 January 1978 (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): Chariot Style (LP - Go Deh Wid Riddim) Crystal
  • 04 January 1978 (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): Praise To Jah (LP - Go Deh Wid Riddim) Crystal
  • 04 January 1978 (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): Chicken George (LP - Go Deh Wid Riddim) Crystal
  • 19 January 1978 (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): Chicken George (LP - Go Deh Wid Riddim) Crystal
  • 27 July 1978 (as Ossie All Stars): Dub Down Babylon (LP - Leggo Dub) Cash & Carry
  • 08 August 1978 (as Ossie All Stars): Ready Dub (LP - Leggo Dub) Cash & Carry
  • 21 August 1978: Post Mortem (12" EP - Fatal Dub) Ballistic
  • 22 August 1978 (as Ossie All Stars): Leggo Dub side 2 band 2
  • 03 August 1978 (as Ossie All Stars): Brooklyn Style (LP - Leggo Dub) Cash & Carry
  • 18 September 1978 (as Ossie All Stars): Leggo Dub (album - Leggo Dub) Cash And Carry
  • 11 October 1978 (& Tony Tuff): Oh What A Day (DAL)
  • 12 October 1978: Doberman Skank (LP – Leggo Dub) Cash & Carry
1979
1980
The Revolutionaries - Reaction In Dub

The Revolutionaries - Reaction In Dub

1981
  • 13 January 1981: Go Right Deh (b/w 7" by Desi Roots - Go Deh Right) Hawkeye
  • 23 July 1981: Murderous Dub (LP - Dub Off 'Har' Blouse & Skirt - Vol. 3) Rub-A-Dub (aborted)
  • 23 July 1981: (title not announced) (LP - Dub Off 'Har' Blouse & Skirt - Vol. 3) Rub-A-Dub
  • 30 July 1981 (BFBS): Murderous Dub (album - Dub Off 'Har' Blouse & Skirt - Vol. 3) Rub-A-Dubbb
1982
1983
1984
1987
  • 23 September 1987 (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): Go Deh Wid Riddim (LP - Go Deh Wid Riddim) Crystal
  • 30 September 1987 (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): Sly Rockers (LP - Go Deh Wid Riddim) Crystal
1989
1994
1995
  • 24 March 1995: Bitter Blood (CD-Goldmine Dub) Greensleeves
  • 31 March 1995: Big Foot (CD-Gold Mine Dub) Greensleeves
  • 14 April 1995: Red River Dub (LP: Goldmine Dub) Greensleeves
  • 22 April 1995 (BFBS): Red River Dub (CD-Goldmine Dub) Greensleeves (JP: 'Good dub is the most timeless of popular musics. Discuss, using one side of the paper only.')
1996
1997
1999
2000
2001
  • 13 February 2001 (as Channel One): Dance Dis Ya Festival Version (CD - Maxfield Avenue Breakdown (Dubs And Instrumentals 1974-1979)) Channel Sounds
  • 15 February 2001 (as Channel One): Natty A General Version (CD - Maxfield Avenue Breakdown (Dubs & Instrumentals 1974-1979)) Pressure Sounds
  • 21 February 2001 (as Channel One): Ragnampaiza Version (CD-Maxfield Avenue Breakdown (Dubs And Instrumentals 1974-79)) Pressure Sounds
  • 27 February 2001 (as Channel One): Jail House Version (v/a CD - Maxfield Avenue Breakdown (Dubs & Instrumentals 1974-1979)) Pressure Sounds
  • 08 March 2001 (as Channel One): Dance Dis Ya Festival Version (v/a CD - Maxfield Avenue Breakdown (Dubs & Instrumentals 1974-1979)) Pressure Sounds
  • 20 March 2001 (as Channel One): Have Mercy Version (v/a CD - Maxfield Avenue Breakdown (Dubs And Instrumentals 1974-79)) Pressure Sounds
  • 22 March 2001 (Radio Eins) (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): Rema Skank (12" version) (album - Channel One - Maxfield Avenue Breakdown Dubs And Instrumentals 1974-1979) Pressure Sounds
  • 29 March 2001 (Radio Eins) (as Channel One): Have Mercy Version
  • 03 April 2001: King of the Minstrels (LP - Channel One - Maxfield Avenue Breakdown) Pressure Sounds
  • 12 April 2001: Rema Skank (CD - Channel One Dubs & Instrumentals: Maxfield Avenue Breakdown (1974-1979)) Pressure Sounds
  • 18 April 2001: Rema Skank (CD - Channel One Dubs & Instrumentals: Maxfield Avenue Breakdown (1974-1979)) Pressure Sounds (played in full, after a cut-down version the previous Thursday)
  • 22 April 2001 (BBC World Service) (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): King Of The Minstrels (album - Channel One - Maxfield Avenue Breakdown Dubs And Instrumentals 1974-79) Pressure Sounds
  • 15 May 2001: Killo-Roit (12” single) Crown
  • 24 May 2001 (Radio Eins): Killo-Roit (12” single) Crown
2003
  • 25 November 2003 (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): Comprehensive Dub (LP: Trench Town Dub) Original Music
  • 10 December 2003 (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): Big Yard Dub (LP - Trench Town Dub) Original Music
  • 16 December 2003 (as Sly & The Revolutionaries): Comprehensive Dub (LP - Trench Town Dub) Original Music
2004

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