Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions

Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions

     
 

Bob Dylan has long been held in high regard in Jamaica, and although his influence isn't front and center in reggae or dancehall, it is easy to see the political and compositional lessons that artists like Bob Marley drew from Dylan, and if you lean in closely, you'll realize it's a much shorter drive from the rhythmic structure of…  See more details below

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Bob Dylan has long been held in high regard in Jamaica, and although his influence isn't front and center in reggae or dancehall, it is easy to see the political and compositional lessons that artists like Bob Marley drew from Dylan, and if you lean in closely, you'll realize it's a much shorter drive from the rhythmic structure of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" to contemporary Jamaican dancehall than one might first assume. This collection was originally the dub half (the first half consisted of straight vocal versions) of a two-disc Jamaican tribute to Dylan released in 2004, most of which was recorded in early June, 2003, at Anchor Studios in Kingston (additional vocal work was done at Harmony House in Kingston, Ariwa Studios in London, and at Lion & Fox Studio in Washington, D.C.). Truthfully, although these dub mixes are certainly jarring and interesting, in the end they are really more odd than anything else, and after the initial shock of hearing Dylan lyrics drift into focus and then echo off into the sonic ether, these mixes tend to draw on the stock tricks of the dub trade, rendering them fairly clichéd. The one exception is Toots Hibbert's version of "Maggie's Farm" which, after being fed into the dub blender, comes out sounding like the frenzied confession of a field hand gone crazy and speaking in tongues while leading a spooky gospel choir through a battle hymn. Or something like that. The track here that will ultimately draw the most attention is the dub mix of "I and I," which was mixed from the original tapes for Dylan's Infidels album, and thus features the guitars of Mark Knopfler and Mick Taylor, a rhythm section of Sly & Robbie, and the voice of Dylan himself, all echoing into infinity. It's certainly interesting, worth hearing, and memorable, but when all is said and done, the dub mix of "I and I" ends up being mostly a curio. The same can also be said for the rest of this album, which raises that old question, just because you can, does that mean you should?

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768994324
catalogNumber:
89943

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Taylor   Guitar
Alan Clark   Keyboards
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Steve Golding   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Toots Hibbert   Harmonica,Drums,Hand Drums
Lee Jaffe   Harmonica
Sky Juice   Percussion
Mark Knopfler   Guitar
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Drums
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Glen Brownie   Bass,Bass Guitar
Leeba Hibbert   Background Vocals
Dale Brown   Bass,Bass Guitar
Deleon Jubba White   Drums
Courick Clarke   Keyboards
Genieve   Background Vocals
Delcon "Jubba" White   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer,Producer
Doctor Dread   Producer,Audio Production
Fatta   Engineer
Mark Knopfler   Producer
Greg Ladanyi   Engineer
Roger Steffens   Liner Notes
Doctor Marshall   Engineer
Dick Bangham   Artwork,Cover Art
Derrick Litchmore   Engineer
Nigel Burrell   Engineer
Tixie   Engineer
Jim Fox   Engineer
Eric White   Cover Art
Dwight "Fudgie" Dias   Engineer

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