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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jah lightning and thunder..., 9 Jun 2011
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L. Kelly (Cumbria UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Trojan Presents: Dub (Audio CD)
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All killer, 22 Oct 2011
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like dub, you need this, 25 Jun 2013
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Excellent collection of dub tracks, all of them gems. Evokes the atmosphere of the 1970s but reaches out across the decades.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Nice Collection., 13 Dec 2011
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A. Kwabula (UK) - See all my reviews
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This collection at under 4 is a mega steal! Out of 40 tracks, I fell completely in love with more than half of them. Yet I still like the rest of them. The difference being, those I love most gets repeated several times! In the past, I have had albums, especially reggae where one song on the album also apperas on the same album in dub version.

What I really loved about the collection is the different sounds unique per song that makes them truly dub! It is incredible really how these songs were done! The bass is emphasized, so with a good Home Theater, it will really hit you! Some songs have serious reverbs, and echos, that add some sort of oh ... what's the word ... ambience, to songs.

With this one, you cannot go wrong!

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I really did not understand much why they call the version dub, but noticed that, the dub version is stripped of vocals, but may have short vocals here and there. I really loved these dub versions. After buying bthis one, I now see that actually dub songs do not nornmally have vocals and confirmed thast by a short search online. It turns out to be a style on its own. Good to finally know that dub is a subgenre (originating from reggae)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Dubs - Unbeatable Price!, 8 Sep 2012
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D. Williams (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Even if you already own some of these on vinyl from the 1970's and 1980's, buying this double album from Trojan is a no-brainer. Means you don't have to bother converting your vinyl to MP3 or other digital format and fills gaps in your collection. A brilliant set of dubs to carry around with you on your personal music player and unbeatable at the price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent mix of dub, 13 Nov 2011
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many dub compilations of dub contain several dud / filler tunes. trojan presents doesn't, every track worthy of inclusion. some well known others a revelation. great purchase if your new to dub or not.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Dub, 21 Oct 2011
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Trojan have put together some of the classics Dub tracks ever realest, if your into dub get this dubble disk fantastic stuff
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars turnips, 12 Mar 2013
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a bleeding big feild of loverly luscious turnips good for me good for you and all the animals too TURNIPS !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality reggae dubs, 31 Jan 2012
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb toonz, 22 May 2013
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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!!!
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