and Fire has been re-issuing old essential
reggae music on CD for quite some time now.
They did good releasing this album as well.
Actually, this CD is a combination of two
albums, the vocals and the dubs for Horace
Andy's In the Light. Both albums are equally
Horace's beautifull voice is known from
his works with the Trip Hop group Massive
Attack. On this CD you can hear where he is
coming from: Horace Andy singing over
classical roots reggae. Especially because
every song gets accompanied by it's dub
version, I think you will enjoy each and
every one of these tracks. Real gems are
"Government Land", "Leave
Rasta" and "Rome".
As much as this album is Horace Andy, it
is Prince Jammy as well. The dubs from In
The Light are mixed by the Great Prince
(now: King) Jammy, King Tubby's protegee.
You can hear Tubby's pupil just before he
started to have his own label. Killer dubs
that certainly belongs in every
dub-collector who takes him or herself
serious. Jammy remixes the vocals of In the
Light in such a manner, that they are
absolutely different than the vocals. You
can play these versions apart from the
vocals, and they will stay interesting, also
if you're not such a big dubhead like me.
Needless to say, as it is with every
Blood and Fire release, this CD comes with
very nice artwork and a lot of information
written by Steve Barrow, who can be
considered a living reggae encyclopedia.