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The Best of Pat Flashman

by Pat Flashman

Reggae Dub
Genre: Reggae: Dub
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Alien Hotel
3:05 $0.99
2. Cave
3:29 $0.99
3. Da da Dub
3:35 $0.99
4. Dancehall General Dub
6:46 $0.99
5. Go Get the Sheriff
2:32 $0.99
6. Politicians
3:22 $0.99
7. So Demanding
4:15 $0.99
8. Sober in Oktober
3:46 $0.99
9. Spanking Dread
3:30 $0.99
10. Sunny Roots
3:48 $0.99
11. Svenska Beach
3:34 $0.99
12. The Fool on the High School
3:54 $0.99
13. The Square Side of the Moon
3:26 $0.99
14. Wicked Babylon
2:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
Pat Flashman is one of the pioneers of reggae-music in Belgium. In 1977 Pat and Ras Feel built the first Belgian reggae sound system, King Flashman Elektro. In the 80s Pat was the drummer of King Flashman's Live Reggae Band.
From 1988 until 1994 Pat played the drums for Crucial Crew. Nowadays Pat makes dub-music with his computer, using samples and sometimes live musicians.



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Jah Shakespear

Pat Flashman is a Beljam veteran. Once he formed together with Ras Feel (Phil Wauters) the first Belgian reggae band, King Flashman. We are then in the early eighties of the last century. From a musical point of view we have not heard much from Ras Pat since then, as we called him back then. Until a year ago he suddenly released a new dub tune, and another one.
Pat Flashman turned out to have a homestudio where he created a very personal, atypical sound. Who prefers his / her dub with lots of bells and whistles - whistles, bleeps, samples, reverberations, echoes, weird sound effects - is the right address for this man.

Hard to pinpoint highlights in this rhythmically varied selection, from ska and one drop to up tempo rockers / steppers and reggaeton. "Recommended if you like Lee Perry and King Tubby," reports the independent web store CD-Baby, but the influences of Pat Flashman reach much further. 'The Fool On The High School' has something of On-U Sound, the threat, the voices in the wind, the fine percussion. 'The Square Side Of The Moon' would not be out of place on a compilation of the Eurodublabel Echo Beach, built around a blower line by Studio One, with a touch of melodica in a perfectly timed mix. 'Svenska Beach' floats on a (indeed) ska beat, with credible wind instruments and seventies synths. Flashman "plays" all instruments themselves, albeit mostly on keys. 'Go Get The Sheriff' also received a galloping ska-rhythm, completely in line with the title of the tune, the sample of John Wayne and the gun shots. The result is a colorful sound landscape, with again fascinating percussion.

'Dancehall General' is a bastard child of 'General', the classic of Dennis Brown and Ranking Dread. Equally driven, on a similar steamy riddim, here and there embellished with a sample of Ranking Dread from the "original". 6'30 "long: like the legendary 12" of that time. The vintage sound of 'Politicians' reminds us of Prince Fatty, but with a Spanish-speaking rap. In 'So Demanding', violin and rock guitar are played together side by side. In the minimalist dub 'Sober In Oktober' (with a -k) we hear the voice of Pat Flashman himself. The busiest dub on the album is probably 'Spanking Dread', a crazy mix of roots and reggaeton. 'Wicked Babylon' starts with heavy strings and also takes the whole song with it. The vocal is authentic, the sound voluminous, and the elegant horns complete the picture again.

Excellent collection of innovative dubs with the roots in the golden seventies, and in every tune at least one surprise, a new sound, a weird vibe, a special effect, a vocal as a spirit that passes ... Beljam is again a dub magician richer.