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Eek-Ology: Reggae Anthology
Eek-Ology: Reggae Anthology
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Wa Do Dem' - Expanded Deluxe Version, 17 April 2014
...and a half stars.

a little cruel, mibbe, but it's his own fault for producing an album as brilliant and unique as 'wa do dem' (which must surely sit comfortably in most reggae enthusiasts collections), and never again coming close to eekwalling it. sure there was great material in subseekwent records, and the bulk of it is here, but at best, as albums, most are mediocre. and that's a pity, as, let's be honest, you don't get many eek a mouses to the pound - a true original. a master of downbeat melancholy, using the hardest dancehall rhythms, but fair to say, when he's good it's 'maudling queen', otherwise it's 'middling queen'.
however, here it's all good, but i estimate that this is all that's good (ie, they won't be able to squeeze out vol. 2). so, an excellent one-stop purchase, with all the classics present 'ganja smuggling', 'wa do dem' (in several versions, all good), 'modelling queen' etc, in fact there's a bit of everything here, with 12" mixes, a great peel session, live material on the dvd (along with the trad. irish readings), and the dreaded 'ragga' tunes, which i think add an interesting (if quite bizarre) slant on things. actually, an anthology that is truly the best of eek a mouse, which makes this an apt package. g'demeng, g'demeng!


Dread at the Controls Joe Strummer The Clash Reggae t-shirt
Dread at the Controls Joe Strummer The Clash Reggae t-shirt

5.0 out of 5 stars a prime example of clothing that makes you feel good when wearing, 12 Mar 2014
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what's so good about it?

the prints combine my 2 favourite musical genres
the cotton is good quality and heavy
it fits perfectly
it's off-white to remove that pure white anxiety
it's the absolute cat's baws

ain't nothing wrong with it


I-Surrection (Oldwah Deconstruction)
I-Surrection (Oldwah Deconstruction)
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5.0 out of 5 stars dubbing it old school - dubbing it oldwah, 3 Feb 2014
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this is the download only dub album of 'i-surrection', which was itself half a dub album - so plenty dub,then. plenty good dub. this is as good a dub album to come out of the uk for years, and an excellent companion to the above album from last year. uniquely composed of dave 'oldwah' sanford's hard driving and inventive dubs of the 6 vocal tracks from 'i-surrection, his treatment of 4 further tracks from the original album sessions, and 2 altrnative mixes of vocal tracks. so, if you have both albums, you will have 4 versions of 'hey yout'' and 'season for freeman', which is no bad thing as they are all distinctly differing from each other.
oldwah's versions of the vocal tracks are excellent, and take a firm 'old school' approach, creating a very authentic 'jamaican' sound, while preserving the urgency of the uk reggae sound. original, varied, and to be applauded.
unusual step taken in releasing new material in dub, ahead of the originals, but this works too, and shows a measure of confidence, as well as very good tunes. both the alt. mixes are superb also, 'hey yout' being perhaps the most immediate song on i-surrection, is very pliable and well suited to version. 'season for freeman' not far behind.
this is a fine piece of work, both in tandem with the original album, or as a stand alone set. uk reggae remains in good health.


Evolution Of Dub Vol. 8: The Search For New Life
Evolution Of Dub Vol. 8: The Search For New Life
Price: £15.09

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5.0 out of 5 stars 8th edition - dig'ital' vital - the curtain closer, 2 Feb 2014
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the last instalment of an excellent series, this brings dub into the electronic arena and completes the lesson. i shouldn't have thought the words 'digital' and 'reggae' should have appeared concurrently, but the quality of the material in this set, and the series as a whole have drawn me into appreciation of 4 albums which, had i seen separately would not have bothered with.
firstly, this box is the most generous in the series, regarding playing time and number of tunes, and is the first of such to contain artists i had never heard of. appropriately, first up is prince jammy's 'computerized dub', which certainly does what it says on the sleeve, moving things along from his dubs that appear in vol 6, purely instrumental and forward thinking (this was 1986), at one point sounding almost like the group suicide.
shane brown is new to me, but his 'juke boxx dub' is perhaps the most engaging album here, displaying an almost perfect balance of the old and the new, as to sound totally original. it has a warm organic feel to it, and is quite hypnotic in places.
two friends crew's 'voyage into dub is the cd that goes more 'off topic' than the rest, but is no worse off for that - veers away from reggae completely with some tunes, but is always 'danceable' and even quite cinematic in places.
the closest to what i am used to (pre-digital, 70's and early 80's dub) is 'dub clash' by alborosie, and as this is only a couple of years old, i find it very heartwarming that traditional dub is still in production, albeit with some electronic components.fine stuff.
this is a vital series, all in all, and i can't speak highly enough about it's value, both as essential listening, and as a potted history on the chronology of dub. 32 quality albums for a sum short of £100 - got to be a steal.


The Evolution of Dub Vol. 6 - Was Prince Jammy an Astronaut?
The Evolution of Dub Vol. 6 - Was Prince Jammy an Astronaut?
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5.0 out of 5 stars the 6th instalment - don't think he had time to be an astronaut, 29 Jan 2014
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the series forges onward and into digital territory, overseen by prince jammy. but be warned - this box contains a 'pedestrian' disc, 'osbourne in dub' plays from one end to the other without much to say, really, apart from the exclusion ( a trademark of jammy's) of vocal traces doesn't help this album. the quality of the others enclosed more than compensate.
precision and crystal clear sound are also features of jammy's work, and thus kick off with 'crucial in dub', a collection of digital tunes from perhaps the best known exponent of the process. all indicative of his unique style, and of the highest calibre. as a previous reviewer indicated, 'kamikaze dub' is worth the admission price on it's own, and is a classic example of a dub album, (brilliant sleeve as well). one of the strengths of this series is making hard to find or prohibitively expensive music widely available (and for a sensible price). 'uhuru in dub' is detailed above, and is a fascinating piece, particularly for fans of later period black uhuru.
the series continues to educate and entertain on a grand scale.


The Evolution Of Dub Vol. 5 - The Missing Link
The Evolution Of Dub Vol. 5 - The Missing Link
Price: £15.33

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5.0 out of 5 stars no.5 - coxson takes the fifth, 29 Jan 2014
subtitled 'the missing link', this is perhaps the most 'wayward' and, in the case of coxson, the quirkiest collection of the series. this box gives a half to the revolutionaries, and the same to sir coxson sound, and the themes are split accordingly. as far as i know, both revolutionaries albums are out of press (and i suspect the 2nd not to have been an album previously), and are the hardest hitting and diverse of all their contributions to the series. at times the sound isn't perfect, but the quality of the material over-rides that, and although both are relatively short, leave the listener keen for more.
coxson's contributions 'king of the dubb rock' vols 1 and 2, are creationist in nature and diverse, both albums having distinctively differing sounds (echoes of pablo on vol 1). vol 2 kick off with the sensational epic 'black wars reggae', if you could picture reggae played at the blackpool tower ballroom, you'd be on the right track. another stand out is the toasted 'psalms 87.2'.
i've not been able to grade any of the series with less than a 5 star rating, as despite faults here and there, the overall quality and value of each component contribute to a seriously informative and enjoyable project.


The Evolution Of Dub Vol. 4 - Natural Selection
The Evolution Of Dub Vol. 4 - Natural Selection
Price: £15.06

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5.0 out of 5 stars act four - joe gibbs to the fore, 28 Jan 2014
at this juncture, the series is turned over to the legendary joe gibbs, who oversaw all four albums in this set. by this time dub was well established as an artform (version or creationist), and vol 4 exemplifies this perfectly. this expertly nutshells another chapter in the story, and makes sense as a stand alone.
'state of emergency' starts with a selection of well familiar tunes, dubbed in distinctive sound (which is clear as a bell - not always a requisite, but a mark of gibb's products. disc 2 is the famous 'majestic dub', with synth and electronics used liberally. was not well received at time of initial release, but has obtained legendary status as a groundbreaker since. third up is 'african dub vol 5', which is deserving of the title, and makes an excellent 5th instalment to that series. maybe a thought when re-issuing the box set 'african dub all-mighty'. the closer is 'syncopation' by sly 'n' robbie, and is a great example of a pointer to the eventual direction they took. all in all, a well thought out episode in the series. rock solid.


The Evolution Of Dub Vol. 3 - The Decent Of Version
The Evolution Of Dub Vol. 3 - The Decent Of Version
Price: £15.15

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5.0 out of 5 stars part 3 - a busy year for sly 'n' robbie, 28 Jan 2014
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in 1979 these guys must have lived in the studio (channel 1), as all the enclosed albums were released that year, this is along with many other commitments they were involved in. despite this, each disc has it's own sound and identity, and it's own (abysmal - these are a particular low in the history of reggae album covers) replica sleeve. the first 3 are overseen by linval thompson, the 4th by jah lloyd.
disc 1 concentrates mainly on rhythms used by gregory isaacs, from his time on virgin frontline records, and like the other 3 contain 1 or 2 tracks that are also found on 'riddim-sly 'n' robbie in dub', some tho' seem to have had further dub techniques applied (i.e. dubbing the dub). as a whole the playing of the genre's best known rhythm section is brilliant, almost hypnotic in places, and is both inventive and completely in synch (be all that time in the studio, probably), no surprise that their talents were in demand, even outside of reggae music. fitting that they should have a set to themselves, as this was an lmportant time in the development of dub, and the material within is indicative of the era. stylish and groundbreaking.


The Evolution Of Dub Vol. 2 - The Great Leap Forward (Box Set)
The Evolution Of Dub Vol. 2 - The Great Leap Forward (Box Set)
Price: £15.20

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5.0 out of 5 stars vol. 2 - on cloud niney, 27 Jan 2014
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from the solid foundation laid down in volume 1, this set begins to illustrate the diversity of dub and the many directions taken. again, 2 of the albums within are out of print, making economic sense even considering the price of the 2 that are available. things kick off with the saxophone stylings of tommy mccook, played over rock solid rhythms. unique talent. disc 2 is the aggrovators excellent 'rasta dub', the third shared between the revolutionaries and the aggrovators (5 tracks each versus style). the box is rounded off with a fine niney 'the observer' album.
the series as a whole, serves as a course on the history of dub in eight entertaining lessons. i have not bought them in order, but am now able to see the progress thru' the sets. brilliantly realised concept.


The Evolution Of Dub Vol. 1: The Origin Of The Species (Box Set)
The Evolution Of Dub Vol. 1: The Origin Of The Species (Box Set)
Price: £15.49

5.0 out of 5 stars the first chapter - tubby heavy, 26 Jan 2014
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this series is essential on so many levels. serves as a history of dub, each box following a theme, as a great source for many out of press albums, and also is financially advantageous, works out at £2.50 - £4 per disc. buy the complete series gives you a collection of 32 albums for an outlay betweeen £80 and £100, depending.
the contents of this set (all in replica cardboard sleeves) is about the best one stop (one drop) introduction to the early work of king tubby, and contains many of his classic pieces (african roots, dub of a woman, etc, etc,) on 4 legendary albums. really, the only starting place for a project of this magnitude.
i cannot speak highly enough about this starting point (and the series as a whole), being both illustrative of the dub phenomenon, and featuring such excellent examples of the genre. much kudos to vp/greensleeves.


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