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Jamaican Fruit of African Roots is the lost vocal cut to one of King Tubby’s most dramatic and devastating dubs from the 1970s. It was never released in Jamaica, but housed on an obscure compilation released only in Toronto in tiny quantities in the mid 70s.
This reissue is the culmination of a 10 year obsession to try and find out more about the song’s enigmatic singer Sheila Rickards. It all started in a musty Canadian thrift store with the discovery of an incredible 10 cent record credited to one “Shella Record”.
Sheila's spine tingling vocal comes with earth shattering dubs by King Tubby, Prince Philip, and the Aggrovators plus a scorching new cut by flute maestro Diggory Kenrick.
Hear the track that took over my life and sent me on a 10 year quest to find the mystery diva Sheila Rickards culminating in the feature length documentary "Shella Record - A Reggae Mystery"
Sheila Rickards -"Jamaican Fruit of African Roots 12"
All Tracks produced by Bunny Lee, 1975
Vocals: Sheila Rickards
Musicians: The Aggrovators
Bass: Robbie Shakespeare
Drums: Carlton “Santa” Davis
Lead Guitar: Earl “Chinna” Smith
Rhythm Guitar: Tony Chin
Alto Sax: Lennox Brown
Tenor Sax: Tommy McCook
Trombone: Vin Gordon
Trumpet: Bobby Ellis
Piano: Ansel Collins
Organ: Bernard “Touter” Harvey
Track 1 Mixed by Philip Smart at HC&F Studios from 4-Track source.
Track 2 Mixed at Half Moon Studios by John Forbes.
Track 3 Cedared by Uwe Seyfert, from vinyl source, Cedar Audio, Berlin.
Track 4 Mixed by Diggory Kenrick.
Mastered by Brandon Hocura at Polyphasic Studios.