Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol

by Tradition

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“We monitor many frequencies. We listen always." Came a voice, out of the babel of tongues, speaking to us. It played us a mighty dub.” - William Gibson, Neuromancer.

"Rastafarian orbital workers refused to return to the "Babylon" of Earth, and instead constructed a space station to build their "Zion" as a religious colony. ..."

I like to imagine this is what that would sound like. The only complaint is the album feels too short. Then again, there are no bad songs!
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Andrew Johnson So... just a sec? The Orb did what exactly!? Absolutely poleaxed by the thievery from this! Favorite track: Frenzied Friends and Fiends.
Tom Bristow
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Tom Bristow Dreamy, unique vibe. Cock-a-doodle-dub Morning on Mars hits the sweet spot. Favorite track: Morning on Mars.
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Years before Scientist and Jammy battled the space invaders, Tradition dreamt up a sci-fi jazz/dub odyssey in north London.

Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol is one of the most singular dub albums that barely saw the light of day. A conscious effort to create a new breed of dub centred around the cosmic synths and keys of Paul Thompson. Making use of an early Roland sampler, Tradition broke away from the standard drum / bass workouts that ruled the day. With the Captain, dub becomes an atmosphere, a feeling, not a formula - littered with baby’s cries, tribal chants, radiophonic noodlings and library soundtracks for space-age bachelor pads.

Originally issued by Venture Records in 1980, this small run was easily lost beneath the weight of their huge vocal LPs for RCA and everlasting lovers-tinged tracks like ‘Movin On’,‘Breezin’ and ‘Summertime’. The experimental strains in one of their early 45s led the BBC to approach them about contributing to the Dr. Who soundtrack, Captial Radio did likewise for the Hulabaloo theme. Neither saw fruition and this facet of the band’s sound is easily forgotten by diehard fans.

Re-issued in collaboration with Tradition’s Bass 1 imprint, Bokeh Versions is proud to breathe new life into a record that’s so central to its ethos - charting the outer regions of dub music.

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released March 31, 2017

Restored by Lewis at Stardelta Mastering.

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