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Dub Master
     

Dub Master

by Dennis Bovell
 
At one time Dennis Bovell was the biggest name in English reggae, combining careers as a producer, member of Matumbi, and solo artist. This disc cherry-picks tracks from two of his solo albums, Strictly Dub Wise and Audio Active, to give a strong picture of his

Overview

At one time Dennis Bovell was the biggest name in English reggae, combining careers as a producer, member of Matumbi, and solo artist. This disc cherry-picks tracks from two of his solo albums, Strictly Dub Wise and Audio Active, to give a strong picture of his musical breadth. There are the dub tracks, ranging from the King Tubby influence of "Ites of Dub" to the far more sonically adventurous "Zombie Zombez (And Then the Rain Fell)," which offers a more British take on the genre. He's also a master of the modern roots reggae instrumental, which finds a showcase on "Roots Symphony" and "Audio Active," both elaborate, fully realized tracks with complex arrangements, far beyond the usual sparseness of roots reggae. Song-wise he's perhaps not so strong as a solo artist, from the bright and somewhat boastful "Dub Master" running to the saccharine sweetness of "Lovers Rock," (lovers rock being a successful British subgenre of reggae). The songs are pleasant, but hardly the challenging work he's capable of, and that's reflected in the throwaway manner in which he approaches them. As an introduction to the man's work in the late '70s, it's invaluable.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2007
Label:
Jamaican Gold
UPC:
8712177016129
catalogNumber:
200210
Rank:
133057

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dennis Bovell   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Lloyd Donaldson   Drums
Euton "Fergus" Jones   Percussion,Conga
Paget King   Keyboards,Background Vocals
John Kpiaye   Guitar
Jeff Scantlebury   Percussion,Conga,Background Vocals
Patrick Tenyue   Trumpet
Francois Cuffy   Guitar
Buttons Henry Tenyve   Trombone
Glen "Bagga" Fagari   Drums
Nick Straker   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Bruce Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Dennis Bovell   Engineer
Dave Hunter   Engineer
Mark Lusardi   Engineer
J.J. Amour   Liner Notes

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