Tuesday / December 01 / 2009

Ralph ‘Soul’ Jackson Meets The Drastics In Dub, Part 1

 

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Ralph Soul Jackson Meets The Drastics In Dub

A few years ago we had chance to meet and work with (some of us continually to this day) Northern (Southern?) Soul Legend Ralph "Soul" Jackson. We had opportunity to perform as his backing band on several sold out shows in Chicago at The Hideout and Park West. After being "rediscovered" by East of Eden Soul DJ John Ciba while curating his Birmingham Sound compilation, we got to work on a 5 track EP of new and old Ralph material at the Drastic’s resident studio, Dirty North. Included on the list for tracking were new tunes like "Seachin" and "I Love You" as well as some of his obscure and hard-to-find 45 cuts like "Take Me Back" and "Can’t Leave Your Love Alone" …

… for various reasons it never saw the light of day, despite it being near completion when the cord was pulled …

… Well, in anticipation of the first full-length RSJ album coming out early next year (on Chicago’s Rabbit Factory Records) we pulled out the tape, dusted off the magnetic fields and put a hurtin’ dub on 2 of the tracks we cut with Mr. "Soul" Jackson back in 2007. No, it’s not reggae .. it’s soul … but soul if Muscle Shoals had the same kind of engineers as the Black Ark. Pretty different, but we think you’ll dig it …

Can’t Leave The Dub Alone & Woman Pride Dub

Ralph "Soul" Jackson – Vocals, Hammond Organ; Elliot Ross, JD Mark – Guitar; Chris Merrill – Bass; Anthony Abbinanti – Drums, Fender Rhodes, B Sax, Percussion; Tom Riley – T Sax; Andrew Zelm – Trombone; Gerald Bailey – Trumpet.