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Too Big to Fail

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
With song titles like "A Fistful of Dub," "Rasta Pasta," and "Smoke in Missouri," and its Western-themed cover art, the latest release from German reggae duo Dub Spencer and Trance Hill harks back explicitly to the early days of instrumental reggae, when Jamaican artists and producers were mildly obsessed with spaghetti Westerns and were taking stage names like Dillinger and Josey Wales and releasing albums with titles like Eastwood Rides Again. More importantly, though, the band harks back to that era with its sound, which is purely instrumental and strictly dubwise, drawing on all the tricks of echo, reverb, and delay that were coming into fashion during the roots ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
With song titles like "A Fistful of Dub," "Rasta Pasta," and "Smoke in Missouri," and its Western-themed cover art, the latest release from German reggae duo Dub Spencer and Trance Hill harks back explicitly to the early days of instrumental reggae, when Jamaican artists and producers were mildly obsessed with spaghetti Westerns and were taking stage names like Dillinger and Josey Wales and releasing albums with titles like Eastwood Rides Again. More importantly, though, the band harks back to that era with its sound, which is purely instrumental and strictly dubwise, drawing on all the tricks of echo, reverb, and delay that were coming into fashion during the roots reggae heyday of the early 1970s. This time out, those tricks are invoked by the band's co-conspirator, the great German dubmaster Umberto Echo get it?, and he does a good job of polishing the edges of old-school techniques with the hard, clean finish of modern technology. Of course, for many reggae fans, the rough edges of '70s Jamaican technology are part of the fun, and those listeners may find Too Big to Fail a bit on the slick side -- and they may find some of these tracks a bit too long and discursive. But it's hard to argue with the powerful grooves of tunes like "Woodpecker" and "Dub App," or the charm of "Im Western Nichts Neues," with its plunky banjo theme and loping one-drop beat. This is expert instrumental reggae from one of Europe's best bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • Label: Echo Beach
  • EAN: 4047179638524
  • Catalog Number: 88
  • Sales rank: 159,569

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Fistful of Dub - Dub Spencer (4:33)
  2. 2 Rasta Pasta - Dub Spencer (3:37)
  3. 3 Lychee - Dub Spencer (5:30)
  4. 4 Golden Parachute - Dub Spencer (3:22)
  5. 5 Smoke in Missouri - Dub Spencer (6:19)
  6. 6 Too Big To Fail - Dub Spencer (7:52)
  7. 7 Im Western Nights Neues - Dub Spencer (2:29)
  8. 8 Woodpecker - Dub Spencer (3:21)
  9. 9 24h Race - Dub Spencer (4:44)
  10. 10 Dub App - Dub Spencer (4:50)
  11. 11 Step Beyond the Huggel - Dub Spencer (4:53)
  12. 12 Rice and Beans - Dub Spencer (4:10)
  13. 13 Introverted Monster - Dub Spencer (4:18)
  14. 14 The World is Dub Enough - Dub Spencer (6:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill Primary Artist
Umberto Echo Guitar, Percussion, Dubs, Guest Appearance
Marcel Stalder Bass
Julian Dillier Percussion, Drums
Markus Meier Banjo, Guitar
Philipp Greter Organ, Keyboards, Melodica, Dubs
St├ęphanie Scalbert Strings
Technical Credits
Umberto Echo Producer, Engineer
Dieter Pimiskern Mastering
Marcel Stalder Composer
Julian Dillier Composer
Markus Meier Composer
Philipp Greter Composer
Manuel Knobel Band Photo
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