Kwesie Johnson is the godfather of DUB
Poetry. His intelectual poetry is spoken
over heavyweight Roots Rock Reggae, for
which LKJ himself created the basslines. His
crucial debute album Dread Beat An' Blood
was followed by a number of albums, for
example Bass Culture and Forces Of Vicktry.
Additionally, a crucial DUB album under the
title LKJ IN DUB VOLUME ONE was released.
These were not the only early releases by
LKJ. He also brought out several 12 Inches.
Because the music was originally recorded
and released in the late 1970's, early
1980's, it came out on vinyl. Unlike today's
CD's and even DVD's, vinyl could hold that
much music and it was rather expensive to
produce as well.
This all has as a result, that LKJ's
early releases contained only about eight
tracks per album. For today's
standards, way too little. And that's why
Island now released INDEPENDANT INTAVENSHAN:
THE ISLAND ANTHOLOGY. It's a complete work
of early LKJ, without the crucial debute
album that is. DREAD BEAT AND BLOOD was
released through Virgin.
LKJ IN DUB VOLUME ONE contained some
crucial DUB mixes from the vocal albums
FORCES OF VICKTRY and BASS CULTURE (reviews
below). The nice thing on this double CD is,
that these DUBS are presented after the
original track from the vocal albums.
INDEPENDANT INTAVENSHAN also comes with
extra stuff. There's a great 12 dub on the
12 inch of Black Petty Booswah, for example.
And also the full album "Making
History" (not yet reviewed on this
site) can be found on the double disc.
Now that these four albums can be bought
on one double CD for a very fair price,
there is no longer any excuse for you not to
have the most of Linton Kwesie Johnson's
finest Roots Rock Reggae releases. Releases
which "converted" the webmaster of
this website to Reggae Music, back in the