Pleasure Dub

Pleasure Dub

by Tommy McCook
     
 

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Famed (notorious, actually) reggae producer Duke Reid was one of the most powerful and successful figures in Jamaican music during the ska and rocksteady eras, and his Treasure Isle studio on Bond Street in Kingston was a mecca for the island's A-list stars. While the question of who really invented dub will forever be clouded in controversySee more details below

Overview

Famed (notorious, actually) reggae producer Duke Reid was one of the most powerful and successful figures in Jamaican music during the ska and rocksteady eras, and his Treasure Isle studio on Bond Street in Kingston was a mecca for the island's A-list stars. While the question of who really invented dub will forever be clouded in controversy, there is no question that Duke Reid's early recordings of the great reggae toaster U-Roy were of seminal importance; it is from this source that an entire river of popular music would later flow, and there is a clear and essentially unbroken line leading from those early dub-with-DJ recordings to modern hip-hop and remix culture. Pleasure Dub brings together an excellent selection of classic dub versions from the early days of Treasure Isle -- such deathless rocksteady hits as the Paragons' "Tide Is High" (versioned here as "Dub with Strings"), Phyllis Dillon's "The Right Track" ("Tracking Dub"), and the Jamaicans' "Things You Say You Love" ("Rema Skank") are presented here, and the music is not only thoroughly enjoyable, but also somewhat educational: this is transitional music, more sprightly than reggae but not nearly as headlong and galloping as ska, and the dub mixes tend to be raw and experimental and very exciting. The backing tracks (or "rhythms") presented here were all provided by Skatalites alumnus Tommy McCook and his crack session band the Supersonics; during this period there was probably no better session ensemble anywhere in Jamaica. A couple of the CD-only bonus tracks feel like filler, but for the most part this is an utterly essential dub collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Pressure Sounds
UPC:
0689492092115
catalogNumber:
63
Rank:
135652

Tracks

  1. Tracking Dub  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  2. Love Dub  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  3. Dub with Strings  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  4. Lift Off  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  5. Ride de Dub  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  6. Rema Skank  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  7. Bond Street Rock  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  8. Many Questions  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  9. The Attorney  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  10. Silver Hour  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  11. Twilight Rock  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  12. Dreads Leaving Babylon  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  13. Side Walk Doctor  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  14. I Shave the Barber  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  15. Barbering  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  16. Seven Eleven (7-11)  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  17. I See Your Face  -  Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
  18. Scrubit  -  Lizzy

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy McCook   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Douglas   Drums
Winston Grennan   Drums
Hugh Malcolm   Drums
Herman Marquis   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore   Trumpet
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Lloyd Spence   Bass
Lyn Taitt   Guitar
Arkland "Drumbago" Parks   Drums
Danny Simpson   Trombone
Mark West   Trumpet
Johnny Lee Moore   Trumpet
Lorraine "Ronny Bop" Williams   Guitar
Vincent Don D Junior Gordon   Trombone
Nerlyn Lynn Taitt   Guitar
George "Cowboy" Tucker   Guitar
Winston Graham   Trumpet
George "Cowboy" Tucker   Guitar
Winston Graham   Trumpet
Clifton "Jackie" Jackson   Bass
Lloyd Spence   Bass
Wade   Drums
Jackie Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Duke Reid   Arranger,Producer
Errol Brown   Remixing
Byron Smith   Engineer
Kevin Metcalfe   Mastering
Harry Wise   Liner Notes
Ben Bailey   Artwork

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