reggae albums are named after their
producers instead of the artists, and this
one is no different. It's named after Niney
(because he has nine fingers) the Observer,
who had a major hit with his tune
"Blood And Fire". Irony, or is my
mind inspired by the great Dub that I hear?
Knocked down by a Dub Sledgehammer? Anyway,
the acclaimed record label BLOOD AND FIRE
surely is getting company. They're no longer
the only ones re-releasing old and classic
Reggae in high quality packages. Here comes
This UK based record label has released a
steady flow of high quality material during
the last years, and "Sledgehammer
Dub" is no less. In fact, it's the Dub
from an ultra-rare Dennis Brown album called
"Deep Down With Dennis Brown", but
you won't hear his voice in the ten tracks
that used to form Sledgehammer Dub. It has a
few bonus tracks, though. They can't be
resisted too, not in the least because these
tracks do contain Dennis' voice.
Originally, Sledgehammer Dub was issued
around 1976, in a white sleeve without a
track listing. How different is this
release: it comes with a complete booklet
written by Lee Perry biographer David Katz,
in which he interviews Niney and other
people concerning the album. When you read
the liner notes while listening to the
music, things start to live! You'll be
introduced to the wide and rich culture in
which Reggae Music came to exist.
The album has an all-star list of
appearance. Most of the music was played in
1972 by the well known Studio band Soul
Syndicate, exactly 30 years after this
re-release. Many of the tracks on the album
have the "flying cymbal" sound
which is more or less the trademark for this
band. Then, the dubs. According to Niney,
every track was mixed by the late great KING
TUBBY. Does he need an introduction, being
the inventor of DUB?
The four bonus tracks are very
interesting too. One of them is a track
called Head Line, which is a Dub from Dennis
Brown's "My Time" and it includes
the voice of Big Youth. Kind of funny, kind
of interesting: the CD closes with a time
warp to the millennium change with a dub
plate from the UK Dub Rockers THE DISCIPLES.
A proof, that Reggae Music is Timeless,
Alive and Kicking!
To summarize this review: Sledgehammer
Dub is another hit, and this one hits hard!
Created by an all-star list of Reggae
legends during a peak of their creativity,
the album should be in every serious Dub
Reggae collection. BUY IT!