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Re: DUB Advice
Jun 08, 2010, 13:21
I'll almost certainly be repeating what other people have said, but here are a few faves of mine.

- Dub-Triptych (Lee Scratch Perry) (2CD, only £4:99 on Amazon!)
A good example of dub's early development, this is a bit 'primitive' at times, but the second disc is almost uniformly superb (featuring the 'Black Board Jungle' and 'Revolution Dub' albums). 'Super Ape' is another classic of his, but beware the poorly-packaged cheapo compilations - they may have a few gems but they tend to suffer from poor sound and even feature faux-dub material which has clearly been nowhere near the man himself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSuUOtj4mSU

- Dub Conference Vol. 1 (Harry Mudie with King Tubby)
A lesser-known item, unfortunately long out-of-print (must admit i found my copy on a blog!). It may be obscure but it's definitely worth looking out for - Mudie's original tracks often featured ornate string and horn arrangements which Tubby sends into outer space. For example...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8tt_PwGhIw

- Pick A Dub (Keith Hudson) (£8:18 as MP3 from Amazon)
It's a real shame that the Blood And Fire label appears to have gone under - pretty much all of their stuff is worth investigating (plus their 'Dubwise And Otherwise' comps were perfect introductions). This was perhaps my favourite - wonderful rhythms put through the blender to thrilling effect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LAmh0GI9OE

- Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of the Vampires (Scientist)
It's probably not very helpful for me to be recommending stuff that appears to be OOP (the Greensleeves reissues of this and the similarly-wonderful 'Space Invaders' album aren't available on Amazon anyway). If you have some way of getting hold of them, though, they're pretty much essential as examples of late 70's/early 80's dub just before it got a bit too mechanical and synthy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-kH4qez1Vw

- King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (Augustus Pablo) (£6:99 as Mp3 on Amazon)
An obvious one to finish with. If this floats your boat, 'East Of The River Nile' and 'Original Rockers' (if you can find it) are the next place to go - admittedly less spacey but just as beautiful if the melodica is to your tastes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fh-rOCWwJk
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