Heroes of Reggae Dub

Heroes of Reggae Dub

by The Skatalites
     
 

Actually, the Skatalites are heroes of ska; the existence of an all-reggae album by these guys comes as something of a surprise. But it really is great stuff, and the fact that the program consists of dub mixes by the legendary King Tubby makes it that much better -- though it could have been improved evenSee more details below

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Actually, the Skatalites are heroes of ska; the existence of an all-reggae album by these guys comes as something of a surprise. But it really is great stuff, and the fact that the program consists of dub mixes by the legendary King Tubby makes it that much better -- though it could have been improved even more by the inclusion of the original vocal versions, which are hinted at tantalizingly by the occasional scraps of vocals that peek through the mix. There certainly is plenty of room for those to have been included on this 33-minute program. But even without those versions, this disc should be considered an essential purchase for any reggae fan. "Close to Jah" and "Zion I Dub" are archetypal roots reggae, while "Herb Man Dub" (with its funky drumming, jazzy guitar, and equally jazzy flute) sound more like the Skatalites that ska fans know and worship. The mixes are vintage King Tubby -- swirling kaleidoscopes of sound, with crazily flanged drums and infinitely echoed guitars floating and swooping in and out of earshot. But it's the playing, especially by saxophonist Tommy McCook and bassist Lloyd Brevett, that really bears repeated listening.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/1999
Label:
Guava Jelly
UPC:
0614258000622
catalogNumber:
80006

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skatalites   Primary Artist
Ras Michael   Percussion,Conga
Roland Alphonso   Alto Saxophone
Noel Benbow   Drums
Lloyd Brevett   Percussion,Conga,Acoustic Bass
Lloyd Knibbs   Drums
Tommy McCook   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Mittoo   Keyboards
Augustus Pablo   Keyboards,Clavinet
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Lester Sterling   Tenor Saxophone
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Drums
Tony Brevett   Vocals
Benbow   Drums
Don D Junior   Trombone
Ruth Brevett   Vocals

Technical Credits

King Tubby   Producer
Lloyd Brevett   Arranger,Producer,Writer
Tommy McCook   Arranger
Errol T.   Engineer
Mike Coe   Mastering
Errol T Herman   Engineer
Chin Loy   Engineer
Maurice Sullivan   Engineer
Glen Darby   Producer
Herman Chin-Loy   Engineer

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