you want to know what the other side of Dub
is, you might as well check out the other
side of Reggae too.
What is the other side? What are the
Well, at least one of them is a side that
is not easily recognized by people in the
western world, the so called first world.
And that is, that Reggae Music is first
and foremost a Sufferer's Music. It's
born in Jamaica, under the most heavy
conditions. Many tunes were produced while
bullets were flying around studio's in what
was just another gangster war.
How do you think you think you play under
circumstances like that?
Another, yes yet another side is the
musical technology that was used in the days
when Reggae was developed.
Studio's like Channel One and King
Tubby's DUB Laboratory were created by
technical experts who were able to create
sound equipment with material that musicians
in the West felt too good for. Yes, even the
school-bands who can't even get a single
What many perceive to be the "charm
of Reggae" (especially the older
recordings), is directly related to all
these conditions. The rough sound, and the
heartical vibes come out of the soul of the
Perhaps the most extreme example of this
is the legendary STUDIO ONE. Many of the
basslines that make Reggae Music were born
in that studio.
Decades later still going strong!
With nothing more then a two track, and
later a four-track Coxsone Dodd literally
recorded the start of so many of Reggae's
You name them, they started at Studio
And you hear it. Because the sound of
Studio One stands symbolic for the fact that
Reggae Music is first and foremost a
And that's the other side of Reggae. And
with that, the other side of Dub.
It's a great album, a classic among the
classics. In a nice combination of versions
(dubby instrumentals) and Toasting
Tunes, you hear how only true masters
managed to get a sound like this under
conditions like that.
And the Lone Ranger? He was the
Toaster or DJ at Studio One.
Toasting is Reggae Rapping. Or actually,
Rapping is R&B Toasting. Just another
side of Dub.
On The Other Side Of Dub you can hear the
Lone Ranger toasting. And while you do, you
can rightfully wonder why you perhaps know
so little of him. Because the Lone Ranger is
just as good or better than toasters like
Dillinger and Trinity.
So there you have a lot of reasons to buy
First, it is a proof of the fact that
Reggae is a Sufferer's Music. No doubt about
it when you hear this one.
Second, it is an impressive document of
the technical skills of players, vocalists
and producers at the legendary Studio One.
Third, Lone Ranger simply is one of the
top toasters of Jamaica during the 1970's.