Disc One presents an album Tubby mixed in 1973 using Niney productions as the raw materials. This is some of the earliest true dub and is not far removed from the original concept - that of placing the unadorned riddim track on the B-side. However, Tubby's mixing of the ride cymbal and guitar often literally tickles the ear, reminding me of a mosquito's buzz in tropical heat, and the bass is phased and brought up and down in the mix for dramatic effect.
Early disco had a strong influence on mid-70s Jamaican dancehall music, which can be heard on some of the Niney tracks such as "Corn Man" but this use of the "flying cymbal" sound is brought to fruition on Disc Two, presenting mixes of Bunny Lee productions. The archetypal dread themes are dropped repeatedly by the "yout' man" vocalists Linval Thompson and Horace Andy, in heavily-reverbed snatches of the original vocal tracks that Tubby often obliberated with machine-gun effects and echoing fadeouts. The entire disc, and it can be said dub in general, oscillates between the two feelings of gentle sweetness and a paranoiac dread, pun intended, with the easy hustling riddims transmuting into machine-like metronomes, and vocal and horn lines becoming distorted and harsh.
Between 4 and 5 stars for the music, but most of the material on this set has been collected elsewhere with superior remasterings and better packaging, making obsolete these thin remasters.