Check out this piece in CITY NEWS talking about our new record....thanks Frank DeBlase
Tune of the week from MAJESTICS MMXX....
Dub is a genre of music which grew out of Reggae in the 1960’s. It was popularized by mobile sound system operators who were often the record producers themselves, playing alternate versions of the top tunes of the day. The D.J. would ‘toast’ (rap) over the ‘riddim’ (tracks) that had been manipulated by selectively removing vocal, emphasizing bass & drums, adding extreme amounts of echo, reverb, and other effects; even using sampled sounds or snippets from other songs.
‘Old Time Dub’ is the last track from MMXX we have for you. Recorded in the early days of the pandemic while we were isolated from each other, it’s a dub version of last week’s tune and skillfully mixed for us in Germany by our brother and former Majestic Rudy Valentino. We hope you like it. Please leave a comment; we’re anxious to hear what you think. And be ready for an important announcement in the next couple of weeks…..
Recorded September 2019 - August 2020
Pre-pandemic tracks recorded at Majestics World H. Q. Rochester NY
Pandemic-era tracks recorded in isolation in our home studios
Kevin Hart - guitar, vocals
Lou LaVilla - drums, vocals
Jim Schwarz - bass, vocals
Ron Stackman - keyboards, guitar, melodica, vocals
Vince Ercolamento - saxophone
Linda Rutherford - violin
Herb Smith - trumpet
Recorded, produced & arranged by Majestics
Mixed & mastered by Jeff Gilhart; Tree Fort Studio, Rochester NY
Dub mix by Brother Rudy Valentino; Hamburg, Germany
1) 'What Was It You Wanted' (Dylan)
2) 'Drunken Sailor' (traditional)
3) 'Toronto Shuffle' (Young)
4) 'Lonesome Side of Blue' (Stackman)
5) 'Live In Unity' (LaVilla)
6) 'Waste Not, Want Not' (Hynde)
7) 'Old Time Saying' 12"-45rpm version (Rodney)
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Original songs and distinctive versions from the deep archives of Roots Reggae
Ron Stackman, Jim Schwarz and Lou LaVilla began performing together in 1972.
The following year they created Bahama Mama, one of the first American bands to embrace Reggae music. When the group split up in 1980, Stackman, Schwarz and Lavilla remained together and formed the Majestics.
Originally a trio with Ron on Hammond B-3, clavinet and guitar, Jim on bass and Lou on drums, the Majestics steadily developed a fan base in upstate New York, eventually catching the attention of the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry. In 1982, the group backed Perry when he opened for the Clash during their historic run at New York City's Bonds International Casino, then traveled with the music icon to Kingston, Jamaica to record his "Mystic Miracle Star" LP.
The Majestics later filled out their sound, enlisting guitarist Rudy Valentino (with whom they recorded their 1984 EP, "Future Now") and Trinidadian percussionist, Brother James.
The band performed extensively throughout the eastern United States during the 1980s, opening for Burning Spear on two tours and appearing with a veritable who's who of Reggae music including Peter Tosh, Toots and the Maytals, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Leroy Sibbles, Yellowman, Third World, The Gladiators, The Wailers, Eek-A-Mouse, Dillinger, The Heptones, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley, Black Uhuru, Mutaburuka and others.
Now, 40 years after the band's formation, the Majestics' original trio is back along with guitarist Kevin Hart.
Original roots music along with versions of classic Reggae gems. Roots. Rock. Reggae.
Here's a bunch of photos from our last show WAY back in January. Thanks to photographers.......
Aaron Winters & Jack Garner
Majestic appreciation to our photographer pals......
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