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Ghosts Outside [CD]

Steve Mason Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B0056H0SGI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Lost And Dub 6:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dub Position 4:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Letter Dub 3:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Yesterday Dub 3:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dub Come Down 5:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dub Outside 4:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dub On My Heel 5:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dub I Just A Man 4:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Understand My Dub 3:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dub Her In 2:430.69  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Ghosts Outside resembles a spectre from another age, a dub mix buried in the swell of dance remixes that totally dominate the art of remake/remodel. Beats International's Dub Be Good to Me is about the only dub-related mainstream cut in living memory - and that was 1990.

But welcome back, Dennis 'Blackbeard' Bovell, who made his name during the punk era with production, engineering and remixing work with reggae and punk/post-punk stars alike, including Janet Kay, Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Slits, Fela Kuti, Orange Juice, I-Roy, The Pop Group and Madness. Steve Mason, however, discovered Bovell via the soundtrack to the late-70s cult classic Babylon. Wanting to experiment and advance the songs from his 2010 album Boys Outside, Mason looked up Bovell, and Ghosts Outside was born.

It's not a meeting of two oppositional mindsets either. Mason has always delved into rhythm, first with The Beta Band's pastoral beats and then his own electronic affairs under Black Affair and King Biscuit Time aliases before putting his own name to Boys Outside, which was produced by Richard X (Kelis, Sugababes, Sophie Ellis-Bextor). Bovell, meanwhile, has that alt-pop/dance CV, so he wouldn't have found Boys Outside's mental despair and monochrome colours wanting. Instead, he's taken Mason's blueprint and added reggae's core values - the skank piano, the shuffle organ and the rhythm guitar - and an occasional dab of horns, and then dub's language: echo, reverberation, stripping out vocals and emphasising the bass and drums. Just don't expect any of dub's future descendent, dubstep. This is old fashioned - or, rather, timeless.

You might think removing Mason for large swathes is a bit drastic, but then Ghosts Outside isn't a covers album. Even in the form of snippets, Mason's melodies are strong enough to survive. But sometimes his originals survive largely intact, such as Yesterday, re-titled Yesterday Dub (which goes for every song), and the original album's loveliest cuts, Lost and Found (aka Lost and Dub) and The Letter (aka Letter Dub). Other times, such as Am I Just a Man (aka Dub I Just a Man), Mason is simply the ghost in Bovell's machine. But given the gorgeous, malleable rhythm and ambience - chilled, but given the album title, not bone-chilling - Mason sounds free from the depression that inspired so much of Boys Outside. Perhaps that's his intention - to leave the blues behind and engage with dub's liberation. In which case, job well done.

--Martin Aston

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CD Description

The album is a radical dub reinterpretation of Steve Mason s 'Boys Outside' LP. A collaborative effort, Ghosts Outside was recorded in early 2011 at Livingston Studios in North London with Dennis Bovell. Using the original tracks as a basis, with Steve s guidance Dennis added additional instrumentation; the tracks were later given the classic Bovell production treatment. Steve met Dennis at a Black History month in Hackney. Dennis is a renowned and much respected artist-producer, central in the development of British reggae from the 1970s onwards. He gained renown with his own group, Matumbi and also worked with the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, I-Roy and Janet Kay. He also produced a wide diversity of bands including The Pop Group, Orange Juice and The Slits. He recently featured heavily in the BBC4 Reggae Britannia documentary.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dub is good to me 27 July 2011
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Format:Audio CD
Excellent heavy dub. Nothing like the lightweight comedy dub of The Orb & the like. Recommended for both Beta Band & dub fans - and as I like both, it is an album I'm really getting into. Got track 5 on repeat play at the moment.

It would be great if the 3 EPs got the same dub treatment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Bought this on vinyl. An excellent album with some worthy dubs. Sometimes the idea doesn't work, but on this album it does - and the result is even more enjoyable than the original album!
If you have a decent vinyl set up, treat yourself to this gem and wallow in the atmosphere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rather special 7 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I used to listen to a lot of dub when I was younger, but veered off in other directions as I got older. I was curious to hear this having loved last year's 'Boys Outside', and it has reminded me of what I loved about dub all those years ago. It's a wonderful companion piece to Boys Outside, but also stands up on its own as ten tracks of classic dub with a contemporary twist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dubtastic Masonic 23 May 2014
Format:Audio CD
This is Masonic Dub.
Listen only with one trouser leg rolled up.
Tell no one of what you hear.
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