Listen: Natty Take Over / Justin Hines & The Dominoes 01 Natty Take Over.mp3
Justin Hines & The Dominoes, another of the classic reggae bands on THIS IS REGGAE MUSIC (Volume 3). Every song a classic, bringing me right back to the thrill and tingle of discovering the druggy new genre of reggae even as punk was simultaneously taking over everyone’s life.
It was sonic overload, and I loved every second of it. Both THIS IS REGGAE MUSIC (Volume 3) and Justin Hines & The Dominoes’ JEZEBEL, from which this single comes, are totally worth the effort to find and money needed to acquire – get them both.
But having the singles, hmmm, even better. By ’76, most reggae singles were backed with dub version B sides. This was an exception. ‘Natty Take Over’ is actually the B side to ‘Fire’, but it was ‘Natty Take Over’ that graced that compilation, and so forever burned in my memory.
Besides, to me it’s an A side. Thank God this made it onto a seven inch single, unlike the equally great ‘Uptown Babies’ by Max Romeo & The Upsetters from WAR IN A BABYLON, released during that same era.