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PRINCE JAMMY - DUB CULTURE
During the 1980's the "Compact Disc" (CD) was introduced to the public. A public, used to vinyl records that had a time limit of somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes. A public, that was now confronted with a new medium that could easily carry two vinyl albums on one disc.

Prices were kind of double, too. Today, this is the other way around, as "vinyl fetishists" become a rare species who will gladly pay extra money in order to be able to use the old technique in order to play their music.

Anyway, the thing was that many CD's would indeed carry two vinyl albums, making it more attractive to actually buy the disc. Prince Jammy's DUB CULTURE is such a re-issue. And by looking at the price (around 5 dollars), it can hardly be made more attractive. 

Originally, the albums were called "UHURU IN DUB" and "OSBOURNE IN DUB". And they are really different. The first one is unmistakably Roots Rockers, where the second one is unmistakably in Rub a Dub style. 

Read ReviewUHURU IN DUB is the DUB counterpart of Black Uhuru's album "Black Sounds Of Freedom". It wasn't the first Black Uhuru release, but pretty close. And -as far as we can check- the only Prince Jammy production of the vocal harmony group.

"Black Sounds Of Freedom" is in itself highly recommended, that's why the Dubroom already reviewed that album. UHURU IN DUB takes the vibe of the album, and significantly adds to it.

Long, long echo's and skillful use of the Spring Reverb are only two elements of Prince Jammy's great work on this one. Really, Prince Jammy at his finest.

The contrast with OSBOURNE IN DUB is significant, though. There's not much heavy dubbing going on, where the music is obviously recorded on much more sophisticated recording equipment than UHURU IN DUB.

Read Review!Maybe it has to do with what Prince Jammy said about newer hardware. In "The Rough Guide To Reggae", he states that it's much more difficult to create a good DUB mix with mixing boards that have more press-buttons than sliders. And the "newer" mixing boards really had that disadvantage.

So, if this album would only contain OSBOURNE IN DUB, we would probably not have placed this review online. There are a couple of fine tunes, and even the brilliant "JAH IS WITH YOU" should at least be heard once by every serious collector of DUB music. But overall, there's not much heavy mixing going on and the tunes itself are in need for that heavy mixing when they do not come with full vocals.

But, since UHURU IN DUB is such an excellent album, and since the price is only about 5 dollars, we do highly recommend this double-album-on-one-disc for your collection of good and better (DUB) Reggae.

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