the CD was introduced, many albums were
re-released on this new format.
Because a Compact Disc can contain more
then vinyl, a lot of time you had the
opportunity of buying two albums on one
disc, a thing that doesn't happen so much
anymore. This album is sort of the same.
It contains eighteen Tracks, over one
hour, of stricktly Dubwise Style! In fact,
Israel Dub contains the Dub versions from
what could be considered the two best albums
created by Israel Vibration: their debut
album "Same Song", and their
second, "Unconquered People",
played by the Wailers.
Israel Vibration, a vocal harmony trio
from Jamaica, are able to put a very special
sound on tape. Their voices have touched the
hearts of many. Seeing them live was a very
special experience for me too. It is said,
that Gadman, the leader of the 12 Tribes of
Israel, was involved in the production of
The Vibes have been known members of this
organization for a very long time.
Unfortunately they are not together anymore
at the moment I am writing this (February
2002), but this is just another reason to
treasure the recordings that they've made
threegether. And, as said before, some great
recordings are being dubbed on this album.
The first half is reserved for the Dubs
of their debut album the Same Song,
originally released in 1978. All ten tracks
re-call the original vibe of the vocal
album. They are a welcome addition to it!
The vocals are mixed in and out on very
"strategic points", and giving you
enough to meditate over, especially when you
know the original album. But even if you
don't, you will be able to catch the vibe
still. And it's a crucial vibe, which can
only be established when you have an all
star session band backing up some very
When track 11 starts, you'll instantly
know that the time has come to listen to the
Dubs from Unconquered People. Where the dubs
from Same Song recalled the atmosphere on
the vocal album, "Unconquered" is
different and really stands on it's own as a
dub album. Originally released in 1980, it's
quite interesting to hear digital sounds in
the music and in the mix, a thing completely
absent in the 1978 recording of Same Song.
The band is also different, as said before,
this is music played by the Wailers. You can
hear Carlton Barrett's famous One Drop in a
dubwise style. Unfortunately, Israel Dub
doesn't contain the Dubs from all tracks of
the vocal album. And it's also not dubbed so
psychedelically as the first half.
"Survival Dub", for example,
contains a saxophone solo that goes on
throughout the whole song. But that is not a
disadvantage in my view, it just shows the
versatility of DUB.
Summarized, Israel Dub is well worth it's
money: there are nuff different vibes, the
CD is really packed to the max with almost
70 minutes of music. It captures the special
sound of Israel Vibration and adds the Dub
Vibe on top of it.