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on 19 March 2005
Dubwise & Otherwise Volume 1 is a nicely produced collection of dub-reggae classics. Compiled and released by the respectable label Blood & Fire label, which some claim to be the best, it contains tunes such as 'In The Ghetto' by Big Joe, 'Government Land' by Horace Andy and the lovely instrumental 'Michael Talbot Affair' by Kieth Hudson. Beautiful tune.... Also featuring are plenty of dub and dub-reggae cuts from the one and only King Tubby with a few other artists thrown in for good measure. The Dubwise & Otherwise series is very good value for money and essential for any discerning reggae fan. Great relaxation music.
If you like this try: Dubwise & Otherwise Volume 2
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on 30 May 2010
Excellent budget-priced compilation overview of the first five years of Blood & Fire records, featuring heavyweight roots reggae dubs, vocal and deejay tracks. The deejays presented are the legendary I-Roy, and the lesser-known Big Joe (riding Johnny Clarke's version of "Satta Massagana") and Jah Stitch (who "toasts" a sentence beginning with each letter of the words A.F.R.I.C.A., Z.I.O.N. and I.T.H.I.O.P.I.A. !)

The dub selection is dominated by King Tubby mixes: Rod Taylor's "Ethiopian Kings" ("King David, he was a black man / King Solomon, he was a black man...") is epic, and "Concord" by the Morwells is quite unnerving and intense with a creepy piano line and random snatches of vocal. Prince Jammy also shines with his dub of Leroy Smart's excellent "Trying To Wreck Up My Life", whilst "Michael Talbot Affair" is Keith Hudson's saxophone-led dub of Delroy Wilson's "Adisabab" (itself an adaptation of "House Of The Rising Sun").

Vocal highlights are "Children Crying" from the impeccable Congos' album "Heart Of The Congos" (featuring soaring-heavenward harmonies, and the infamous "mooing cow" effect) and Prince Alla's poignant and beautiful "Bucket Bottom", featuring adages like "Everyday bucket go a well, one day the bottom must drop out. Never gonna miss that water until the well runs dry..."

This is a quality compilation from a quality record company with impeccable taste in 70's Jamaican reggae music. Get this and you will buy the albums the tracks come from, guaranteed.
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on 30 September 2013
Like Volume 2 this contains great dub reggae you can listen to in it's own right as well as passing the time with on headphones when you're on a long train journey looking out of the window at the scenery. Highly recommended.
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on 21 April 2014
One of the best compilation of dub , if you love dub ,probably you have already this disc, but if you don't know Dub , this disc will take you there , and it is a wonderful place to go .
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