on 9 June 2011
Absolutely phenomenal compilation that comprehensively chronicles the first 8 years of Jamaican dub reggae music, circa 1973-81. "Trojan Presents Dub" has a near-flawless track listing which features pivotal material from all the key producers and performers of the time. Yes, nearly all of these tracks have been released on CD before, scattered over various compilations for the last ten years; but they haven't been assembled together as pleasingly as this in a long time, on an album which ranks as the finest retrospective overview of dub released in recent memory.
One of the fundamental reasons for this collection's success is due to its great depth of variety. There is a wonderful array of producers featured, with none represented any more favourably than another, creating a gratifying sphere of musical styles and textures; from the bright, early-reggae skank of The Eccles All Stars' "UPTOWN SHUFFLE DUB"; to the deep, steamy and mystical vibes in The Crystalites' "CONCENTRATION VERSION 3", Keith Hudson's "I'M ALRIGHT" and Augustus Pablo's "KING TUBBY MEETS THE ROCKERS UPTOWN".
There's gritty funk grooves in The Techniques' "STALAG 17" and Skin Flesh & Bones' "BUTTER FE FISH", as well as American soul influences - The Observers' "ONE TRAINLOAD OF DUB" adapts Al Green's "Love And Happiness" and Leslie Butler's "ASHANTI GANJA DUB" is a version of Sam Cooke's "Stand By Me".
Disc 2 showcases reggae's stylistic development and features tracks in the 'rockers' style - tough, fast-paced songs driven by militant and tricky drum patterns like The Mighty Two's "CHAPTER 3" and The Silvertones' "AFRICAN DUB" - whilst the Roots Radics' "TIME IS COLD" and Morwell Unlimited's "BLACKBOARD JUNGLE" bear the hypnotic, sparse and metronomic groove which defined 'dancehall' reggae, and pack a brightly-developed and quite glossy production sheen.
All of the tracks on the album are, of course, rife with amazing 'dub' techniques - the art of deconstructing reggae songs and re-arranging them in an abstract and almost 'psychedelic' manner. The original tracks are stripped down to their core rhythmic essence (with emphasis on the cavernously deep and heavy bass lines), whilst fragments of instrumental melody are dropped in and out of the mix with expert timing. Electronic effects are added to the instrumentation with mind-bending results: guitar lines chime celestially with added reverb and delay, one-drop drum shots resound profoundly, whilst mutated horn riffs and snatches of vocal syllables ethereally morph and echo around your ears. Best of all is the remarkable 'throbbing fizz' effect that occurs when the sound frequencies are run through a high-pass filter device (check The Observers' "REBEL DANCE").
All of these dub effects are applied variably from track to track - from the subtle rhythmic shifts in Joe White's "SEVEN HEAVEN ROCK", to King Tubby's outrageous and excessive mixing on "A NOISY PLACE" and "A RUFFER VERSION", which are tempestuous and intense tracks riddled with thunderous 'whipping' crashes, gunfire, explosions and siren samples.
This is a collection which captures dub reggae at it's finest: from its inception to its crucial, creative apex. Mesmerizing, meditational and downright 'groovy' - play loud and hear Jah thunder roll once more.
on 22 October 2011
This is a great dub compilation from Trojan.40 brilliant dub tracks from various artists. The upsetters pop up three times, Augustus pablo's rockers uptown, and loads of killer tracks. The quality of sound is fine and there are loads of jamaican artists, so that if anyone has all of these tracks elsewhere, they must have one hell of a collection, or more accurately archive! This is cheap as chips and well, well worth the outlay. I am delighted with my copy.
on 31 January 2012
Trojan Presents Dub 2CD
Very good compilation of reggae dubs from 1970's with a few tracks from the early 80's.Most of the best producers at the time are on this with a very good variation on Reggae styles.
This compilation starts near the beginning of dub and then works it way(although not chronologically)to more advanced variations as the mid 1970's with echo,reverb and the like used to full effect with the vocals dropping in and out with the warmth remaining in the music.
High quality b sides to original hit a sides so the tune might be recognized but the mix is very different, as if the music has been put into a cave and then some. The invention of the remix.
on 22 May 2013
i reckon dub is one of the most underrated styles of music and this album just proves my point, it's full of superb tracks, huge bass-lines and hypnotic rhythmic beats, if you're not nodding your head after two tracks then i'll eat my dub plates!!!!
if you like your reggae this needs to be shaking your bass bins!!!