As soon as the first audible sound hits your ears you know it, you know it well and truly...This is Dreadzone.
The choice of track to get this album started is not perchance the single mix of Zion Youth lets you know youve put the right album on and starts you on a journey of sixteen of the finest tunes you could ever bless your senses with. .... Dreadzone paradoxically manage to have their own inimitable sound whilst boasting a ridiculously diverse eclectic mix of back catalogue this album delivers over and over that unique Dreadzone sound.
1993 seems a long time ago for most of us but there is not a single song that seems remotely dated Eighteen years of creating the Dreadzone experience just cannot be translated to one album but fear not this album will satisfy long time fans and newcomers alike.
With tunes from 1993s 360 degrees, 1994s Performance, 1995s Second light, 2001s Sound, 2005s Once upon a time and 2010s Eye on the horizon It is huge testament to the band to recognise the monumental tracks that are absent from this album. Possibilities of a chilled collection of instrumentals and a possible follow up (Volume 2) and a reissue of 360 degrees have been hinted at by Mr Dread himself
Also evident is the nature of this album, It is fair to say each Dreadzone album has its own unique flavour yet this compilation runs effortlessly as if it was designed and created for a linear experience. Timeless tunes continue, giving that warm glow and happy feeling that only The Dreads can supply.
Five songs in and having been treated to Little Britain, Ali Baba and Captain Dread, we get our only taste of Once upon a time with the unmistakeable Iron Shirt, Max Romeo would be anything but upset to hear this unabashed Dread tune with Earl and Spee taking the microphone honours Dread style.
Mid album is where the meat is and Return of the Dread and Fight the power really beef up the vibes, It is at this point in the album that you realise the skill taken to structure the album, as we play out slowly to Gangster, I Know, Title track The good the Bad and the Dread, Different planets and finally American dread. The listener feels taken on a journey, at least this listener did!!
In the midst of all this we have such anthems as Life Love & unity, House of dread, Biological radio and Digital Mastermind. All angles covered by The Dreads...Eighteen years of music making expertly cut and cropped and planted on a disc which leaves you satisfied yet absolutely begging for more...