Mikey Dread: Proper Education (extended)
“Dread at the Controls – Evolutionary Rockers” was Insomnia Radio DJ and legendary performer/producer Mikey Dread‘s first reggae album, and has never been available on CD or in digital format before. Previously released on the streets in 1978, it was retitled ‘Dread at the Controls’ in London and re-released in ’79. This edition offered here is from the original Jamaican recording from the ‘Dread at the Controls’ Master-tape.
Previous to this album, Mikey Dread’s avid interest in reggae music led him to acquire an immense collection of crucial vinyl which he used to gain notoriety as a young DJ and audio engineer with the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) where he began his broadcasting career in 1976. There he developed his own unique broadcasting style, which has been adopted by virtually every reggae radio show in Jamaica and the world today. His radio show, which became known as “Dread at the Controls,” was firmly established as the ‘Number One Radio Show’ in Jamaica. Mikey Dread was awarded Top Radio Personality of the Year in 1977-1978.
After this album dropped In 1978 and after many altercations with management and then program director about him playing too much reggae on the radio, Mikey Dread resigned from JBC. Mikey Dread decided to expand his career by getting more involved in the actual production of not only his own music, but also the work of others such as Sugar Minott, Junior Murvin, Earl Sixteen, Wally Bucker, The Ovationz, Sunshine, Jah Grundy, Rod Taylor, and many more in the following years – The Clash, UB40, Seal, Izzy Stradlin, and much later on, Insomnia favorites aptly named, The Blizzard of 78.
Rest in Peace Mikey (Michael Campbell): 1954-2008