Various Artists, Channel 1 • Well Charge
Zoë: Did he know it was your birthday? I mean, he's the director, he's kinda busy.
Today's offering is my digital transcription of a cassette originally bundled within an early '80s edition of British music weekly NME. I was lucky enough to be in London when this tape appeared on newsstands. Even then, it represented an era gone by. Well Charge (distinct from the dub album cut from tracks by Channel 1 studio band the Revolutionaries, released by Virgin's Front Line label) compiled 22 choice slices of cultural reggae spanning that music's golden era in the mid-'70s. Best of all – and I was unaware of this prior to monitoring my Pro Tools input – this is a mix tape in the truest and most affectionate sense of the term, each of its tracks needle-dropped from original vinyl. All by way of explaining the dialog quoted above. Deathproof's foursome of deadly beauties knew whereof they spoke.