you're browsing through the Reggae CD's at
these mega stores, you are bombarded with
all kinds of compilation CD's of which
sometimes the covers already say enough.
"DON'T BUY ME", they scream.
There's a big change you're going to skip
this one too. The picture on the cover isn't
really attractive, and we've seen too many
albums with titles such as this one to be
convinced that it really describes the
And this is definitely not the ultimate
Reggae Dub and Riddim collection. Obviously.
However, if I were you I wouldn't skip
over this collection too soon either.
Because it really does give you a good
impression of Dub music.
Two discs carrying pretty interesting
stuff! Full albums that can really be
considered crucial, along with some very
nice singles, this collection really is
packed to the max.
What to say about the full album DUB
ROCKERS DELIGHT, simply presented as a
collection of Sly and Robbie dubs on this
"compilation"? Tunes which have
been sung over by none less than Don Carlos
and Lacksley Castell. Yes, that one surely
The album is followed by a selection of
King Tubby mixes of riddims layed down by
Sly and Robbie in the Channel One Studio.
Before the Roots Radics became the Channel
One Studio Band, Sly and Robbie have been
the backbone of two preceding studio-bands:
the Aggrovators and the Revolutionaries.
Their sound is legendary until this day.
Listen to the set of Bob Marley
"covers" that they played back in
the 1970's, in stricktly DUBWISE STYLE.
The second disc is packed with riddims
played by the Wailers and the studio band of
Lee Perry's BLACK ARK. This shows a side of
Bob Marley's work that has not often been
heard by the average Reggae fan.
Many stories have been told about this
period of Bob Marley's progression. Not the
least one is that all the recording he did
with Lee Perry seemed to have been pirated
by the latter. At least, according to Bunny
Wailer in a documentary broadcasted by the
But of course that doesn't take away
anything from the quality and relevance of
the tunes on the second disc of this
noteworthy compilation. The music has been
played with JAH love and you can hear that.
All in all, I would definitely recommend
this compilation each and everyone who is
interested in Dub and Reggae, as it gives a
really good idea about just three aspects of
this great culture.
But "The Ultimate Reggae Dub And
Riddim Collection"? Of course not.
Because that collection consists out of
100,000's of albums fe true. And sure it
must be somewhere, but where?