First released in 1978 on Greensleeves records ‘Weakheart Fadeaway’ collected together ten previously recorded Ranking Joe tracks, all recorded and mixed at Channel One Recording Studios, and released on the Channel One label.
Produced by Jo Jo Hookim (Joseph Hoo Kim), this collection featured The Revolutionaires on the riddims who at the time featured some of the best musicians of the era including Sly & Robbie, Ranchie, Ansel Collins, Duggie, and Sticky.
Ranking Joe cut his teeth on the legendary Stur Gav Sound System, and he is in top form on this album. Most long-time reggae fans will be familiar with most of the riddims featured on this album, but the production is slick and Ranking Joe brings his own unique pattern and excitement to each of the tracks.
The artwork is pretty special too. This album easily benefited from the Greensleeves release who clearly put some design effort to create a striking image of the dread on the motorbike – the artwork was created by Paul Smykle, and the sleeve was printed out by Garrod & Lofthouse.
The artwork reminds a bit of Dillinger’s ‘Bionic Dread‘ album on Island Records from 1976.
- Dub Sister Dub It
- Rock Pon De Rock
- A Dread Earthquake
- Natty Dread A Trademan
- Nine Months Belly
- Weakheart Fadeaway
- Natty The Collie Smoker
- Queen Tell
- Honest Living
- Milkman Coming
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