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In Dub Vol. 1

Bob Marley Audio CD

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VINTAGE MARLEY the B sides Nov. 25 2012
By W. T. Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
IF you released a reggae song back in the 1970s on 45 single,invariably the same song appeared on the B side as a dub "version". Toasters, which are basically rapper-DJs, would rhymne over the riddims, or sometimes just use the dub as a DANCEHALL/DISCO extended mix. King Tubby and Lee Perry, who invented dub, simply didnt have the technology to produce dub like Black Uhuru's "DUB FACTOR". Nevertheless Marley's best dubs approached the level of Burning Spear's "GARVEYS GHOST". When these Marley songs were remixed, dub was a new art form. No longer simple instrumental versions, dub would reinvent the song from the bottom up. Marleys BEST dubs are hallucinagenic collages of bass guitar, bass drums against overamped snare drums, piano/guitar "chicka Chicka" riddims fading in and out, with occasional slices of heavily reverbed vocals. If you have ever heard Tosh's dubs (check out EQUAL RIGHTS legacy edition), they were mostly done the same way.

For fans of King Tubby, Yabby You, Mad Professor, or Sly and Robbie, Marley's dub plates come across as dull and predictable. This goes a long way in explaining why Tuff Gong hasnt released many of these dub versions on CD. A few of them appeared on the SONGS OF FREEDOM box set, but even the legacy editions of BURNIN and CATCH A FIRE are without the dub versions created for those songs. Why? Dub is clearly not Marley's strong suit. However, if you love Marley's music, I'd still insist these are nearly essencial, to grasp Marley's entire vision. And for completists, this album is essencial. Altho none of these dubs were intended for anything except the dancehall, they're still fun to hear.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited package; not absolutely the best dub though Sept. 9 2012
By Comment Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When Bob Marley released singles--mostly aimed at the Jamaican market on the Tuff Gong label--the B side would always be a dub. This release--I think--gathers many of them together for the first time. I say I think because the CD has no notes nor any indication who is responsible for the dubs (though if they are the B sides of singles, I think Bob Marley and Familyman Barrett did them). The dubs do not have that ethereal transformative power of the best dub--changing a song into a spiritual experience until the song is unrecognizable. In fact, most of the dubs stay very close to the original--almost all include snatches of singing with echo effect and follow the song very closely. I doubt I will listen to these release as often as I listen to my other dub CDs--being conscious of what song you are listening to actually distracts from the dub experience. The dub release of Africa must be Free by Hugh MundellAfrica Must Be Free demonstrates what I mean; the dubs are in a different order than the album cuts and I sometimes wonder which dub corresponds to which song.

Despite my vague dissatisfaction with the dubs, I must admit this is one CD I have wanted to see released for years. This is the great lost work of Bob Marley, as dub is a crucial part of the classic reggae experience. It is wonderful to have these dubs available and I am looking forward to volume two. I am really looking forward to the dub for Buffalo Soldier (from the Buffalo Soldier twelve inch) which was one of my all time favorite dubs.

I think someone who only knows Bob Marley's vocal tracks should buy this--and then explore more of the wonderful genre dub.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Takes greatness and makes less of it April 10 2013
By B McC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The best dub distills the essence of a reggae song. This feels diluted instead. Still enjoyable because one loves the source material, but there is far better dub work elsewhere, me thinks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quality dub. Sept. 16 2012
By Trevor Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the latest attempt at doing a dub tribute to the great Bob Marley.

It's solid enough with the effects and structure. And it sounds clean which is always good.

It has no liner notes whatsoever. And really for die hard Marley fans I would say get the ambient dub disc by Bill Laswell and the Revolution Rhythm by Scratch Perry & the Upsetters at the same time if not first. Still a solid disc though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recent Bob Marley Release. April 24 2014
By JahShaman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved this album. It is always a trip to be familiar with a reggae song with Lyrics and then hear a dub version. It is a cool Bob Marley release of the last few years I recommend.

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