African Dub Chapter Two
Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
17 North Parade / VP Records
November 19, 2007

Track list
  1. Chapter 2
  2. The Marijuana Affair
  3. Angola Crisis
  4. Peeping Tom
  5. Outrage
  6. Idlers Rest
  7. My Best Dub
  8. Third World
  9. Heavy Duty Dub
  10. Musical Arena
  11. Mackarus Serenade
  12. Jamaican Grass
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4/5
Launched this year by VP Records, the 17 North Parade imprint is et up to pay homage to the historic location of Randy’s Record Mart, the premier recording studio and record shop in Kingston, and the Mecca for Reggae music between the late 60's and 70’s.

The history of 17 North Parade begins over 40 years ago, when reggae pioneers Vincent Chin and his wife Patricia moved their record store to 17 North Parade, a former ice cream parlor in downtown Kingston. Above the new store they constructed a recording studio aptly called “Randy’s Studio 17” which became the recording facility of choice for the majority of Reggae’s most prominent artists, writers and producers. Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded parts of Catch A Fire there, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bunny Lee, Niney The Observer,as well as foreign artists looking for the authentic reggae sound such as Quincy Jones and Joe Cocker all worked extensively at Randy’s.

The African Dub albums by producer Joe Gibbs and engineer Errol Thompson are dub albums that made dub popular, not only in Jamaica but also in the rest of the world. Joe Gibbs was one of Jamaica's most influential producers during the seventies and early eighties. His long lasting relationship with the late sound engineer Errol Thompson, who had left Randy's Studio 17 prior to working with Joe Gibbs, resulted in producing more than well over one hundred #1 hit records. They became famous as 'The Mighty Two'.

Dub versions of popular Jamaican songs started emerging in the late 60's. Eventually, studio engineers and producers such as King Tubby, Derrick Harriot, Clive Chin, Errol Thompson and Harrie Mudy mixed and modified the dub tracks, occasionally using the voice as an additional instrument. The evolution of dub finally resulted led to point were the dub tracks stood on their own. Consequently, full length dub albums began to appear, initially in small pressings with high prices. As said before, the "African Dub" series was instrumental in this popularization, making the UK rock charts in 1977.

The second chapter came out around 1977. This volume has some particular strong versions. Angola Crisis is a fine Alton Ellis' remake, utilizing 'I'm Still In Love'. Joe Gibbs used this track on Trinity's 'Three Piece Suit' and Althea and Donna's chartbuster 'Uptown Top Ranking'. Chapter 2 rides the 'Queen Majesty' riddim, one of the most used riddims in Jamaican music history! Jamaican Grass is a nice recut of a tune the Cables cut for Coxsone Dodd, 'What Kind of World' (they took it from the Ben E. King soul hit 'Spanish Harlem').

We did some deeper 'riddim' research : The Marijuana Affair comes from the Paragons' tune 'My Best Girl', Peeping Tom finds its origins in the Melodians who recorded 'You have Caught Me' and from the same vocal group comes the original track 'Come On Little Girl', here in its instrumental form as Outrage. My Best Dub rewinds the Wailers 'Hypocrites' while Third World is a slower version of Bob Andy's 'Unchained', different from the version found on Chapter One. Heavy Duty Dub is medley including the Heptones 'Pretty Looks', Alton Ellis 'Mad Mad' & 'I'm Just A Guy', all Studio One hits. Musical Arena relicks the Soul Brothers' tune 'Sugar Cane', also a Studio One knock out!

An historical must have!