In all seriousness... I love Lone Ranger's "Barnabas Collins," it's probably my all-time favorite spooky reggae tune and it was in fact the first song that got me wondering if there were more similarly themed tunes in the genre and I take great pleasure in being able to include it in all of my mixes. I'm just kinda nervous now because I don't know if there is another version to include next year.
In 2006 we had the best known version of the tune; the 1979 hit produced by Alvin Ranglin and originally released as a 7" on the GG label. In 2007 we had the lesser known Barnabas; the version he recorded for Coxsone Dodd which didn't originally appear on the 1979 Studio One LP On The Other Side Of Dub but was recorded in New York in '85 or '86 and added to the repress of the same album when Heartbeat released it in 1991. Now, in 2008, we've got "Barnabas Collins" from the 1994 RAS/Grapevine CD called Collections which is basically a digitalization of the tunes Ranger cut for Studio One close to a decade before. According to Lone Ranger's discography website, all of the tunes on this release were recorded between 1985-1989.
To put it simply, Lone Ranger must have been quite the fan of the soap opera Dark Shadows!
Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday!