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Various Artists (2004)

Soul Jazz SJR CD89

Bionic Dub (Red Blood); Take A Ride Version (Take A Ride); Sky Rhythm (Skylarking); Taurus Dub 2 (Mr Jolly Man); Hooligan (Change Your Style); Dub Rock (Swell Headed); Rastaman Version (Rasta Man Camp); Jah Jah Version (Jah Jah Go Before Us); Creator Version (You Don't Love Me); Running Dub (Run Run); Hi Fashion Dub (One Step Beyond); Pretty Version (Pretty Looks Isn't All); Race Track Version (Ride Me Donkey); Spawning (Ballistic Affair); In Cold Blood Version (In Cold Blood); Chase Them Version (Mr Bassie); Feel The Dub (Feel Good - (Hold Them))

The incomparable Studio One series of dub albums is about as good as it gets in reggae music. Unfortunately, to date, only two of the original series have been reissued on CD (ROOTS DUB & JUKS INCORPORATION), while Heartbeat released their DUB SPECIALIST :17 DUB SHOTS FROM STUDIO ONE compilation (based mainly on SAMPLE DUB & ZODIAC SOUNDS) in 1995. But now Soul Jazz brings us a completely new collection of Studio One dub-plates, taken mainly from the B-sides of 7" releases (rather than culled from the existing dub albums), and an excellent selection it is, too. With vocal fragments by John Holt & the Paragons, Freddie McGregor, the Gladiators, Delroy Wilson and Cornel Campbell, amongst others, this superlative release comes complete with 16-page booklet including interviews with engineer Sylvan Morris and producer Coxsone Dodd.

Any album that opens with Bionic Dub (an ethereal mix of Vin Gordon's 'Red Blood' - the original cut to be found on STUDIO ONE SCORCHER) is alright by me...

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