Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 clich├ęd. 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: 4/19/2005
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768994324
  • Catalog Number: 89943
  • Sales rank: 77,036

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Luciano (5:47)
  2. 2 Blowin' in the Wind - Don Carlos (3:23)
  3. 3 The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest - Yellowman (5:21)
  4. 4 The Times They Are A-Changin' (4:29)
  5. 5 One Too Many Mornings (3:20)
  6. 6 Mr. Tambourine Man - Gregory Isaacs (5:16)
  7. 7 Subterranean Homesick Blues (2:56)
  8. 8 The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll - Michael Rose (6:10)
  9. 9 Just Like a Woman (4:48)
  10. 10 Lay Lady Lay (3:28)
  11. 11 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (6:36)
  12. 12 Maggie's Farm (4:21)
  13. 13 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - J.C. Lodge (4:53)
  14. 14 I and I - Bob Dylan (6:16)
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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, Mastering
Eric White Cover Art
Dwight "Fudgie" Dias Engineer
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