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Old 04-01-2010, 07:09 PM   #71 (permalink)
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10ft Ganja Plant are going to be on this right? On my time away Bass Chalice has been a favourite album so i hope it gets a mention, i think it was Bulldog who gave it to me (memory is hazy, i know it was one of you too though). A great thread that i don't think i say i appreciate enough, i've got a few albums from here though and loved them
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:27 PM   #72 (permalink)
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No it was me I passed it on. Awesome band though.
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:30 PM   #73 (permalink)
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No it was me I passed it on. Awesome band though.
I apologise, you're both too good to me! A worthy addition though if i may put a video in, got the album on now...

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Old 05-09-2010, 04:39 AM   #74 (permalink)
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Moving things on...

BlackBeard - I Wah Dub (1980)

Born in Barbados and having moved to south London with his family at a fairly early age, Dennis Bovell here's a man who immersed himself in reggae culture in slightly more of an outside-looking-in way than a lot else you'll find on this list. Not only did he, through his obsession with dub music in the late 70s, set up the Jah Sufferer sound system in London, but he also had a hand in his early career in the evolution of lovers' rock, seeing as he was an engineer at the lovers' rock-oritented Dip Records not long before he started taking after idols like Lee Perry and Keith Hudson by releasing albums of his own. Quite an influential figure then, and one that's worked with the artists such as the Slits, the Pop Group, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Madness, Orange Juice, I-Roy and a load of others throughout his working life.

Anyway, both of Bovell's first LP releases were published under the pseudonym BlackBeard and, of course, this album is one of them. Strictly Dub Wize was the man's debut, and is perfectly good in itself, but I Wah Dub here is probably my favourite of the two. Absolutely ideal for the beginner too, seeing as it's simply the archetypal dub album which shows off all the strengths of the genre in one tasty and juicy package. The riddims are as good as any you'll hear, comprising of slow, reverb-heavy drum tracks and pumping basslines pushed right to the front of the mix that just get your head nodding all the way. The studio overdubs, samples and synth effects are absolutely spot on too. So, yeah, well worth having.

Dennis Bovell is also notable as the founder of the Dub Band which was the long time touring and recording for Linton K. Johnson. He is also the most awesome reggae, jazz and R&B bass player I've ever heard.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:52 PM   #75 (permalink)
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I am digging this 'dub' section, picking up more and more and as often as I can., especially Sly & Robbie and Scientist.

Any recs for dub-poetry or whatever you wish to call it?, I have been listeing to alot of Benjamin Zephaniah lately and am digging it.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:51 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Thanks so far. It was a brilliant read.
I never heard of 10ft Ganja plant but I love what I hear above.
I already knew most that was told in this topic, but I realised I missed out on some artists I had already heard of.
I missed Lee Perry by the way, so far. He deserves some credit.
And about Bob Marley: I agree with you that he is probably al bit overrated, compared to lots of other reggae artists. But I really, really love a song he made possible back in the 60's, named dreamland. That's just beautiful.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:05 PM   #77 (permalink)
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And about Bob Marley: I agree with you that he is probably al bit overrated, compared to lots of other reggae artists. But I really, really love a song he made possible back in the 60's, named dreamland. That's just beautiful.
This thread deserved a good nudge.

I don't think Bob is overerrated. To an extent he's a bit underrated, especially as a revolutionary. I think what a lot of people are getting at is that many people's appreciation with reggae/Jamaican music begins and ends with Bob Marley, and that it ends up being to the exclusion of the rest of Jamaican music which has a tremendous amount of depth, history, and diversity.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:32 PM   #78 (permalink)
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We should really update this thread sometime.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:44 PM   #79 (permalink)
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I just noticed not having the urge to listen to bob marley anymore, as much as I loved it.
My reggae experience also started with Bob Marley and it was pretty Impressive back then, that's true. But it's the Madness of the Reggae world, if you know what I mean .
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:42 PM   #80 (permalink)
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Thanx - a great thread!
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