African Dub All-Mighty Chapter One & Two
Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
Crazy Joe Records
December 28, 2005

Track list
  1. African Dub
  2. Universal Dub
  3. Midnight Movie
  4. Ghetto Skank
  5. Lime Key Rock
  6. Lovers Serenade
  7. Treasure Dub
  8. Schooling The Beat
  9. Campus Rock
  10. Half Ounce
  11. Worrier
  12. Easy Africa
  13. Chapter Two
  14. The Marijuana Affair
  15. Angola Crisis
  16. Peeping Tom
  17. Outrage
  18. Idlers Rest
  19. My Best Dub
  20. Third World
  21. Heavy Duty Dub
  22. Musical Arena
  23. Mackarus Serenade
  24. Jamaican Grass
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4/5
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 te appear, initially in small pressings with high prices. The "African Dub" series was instrumental in this popularization, making the UK rock charts in 1977.
This cd comprises the first two volumes of the "African Dub" series and feature dub workouts of popular Joe Gibbs productions from the 70's, most of which are updated versions of classic Treasure Isle and Studio One riddims.
African Dub and East Africa are both reworkings of 'Love Is Not A Gamble', originally recorded by The Techniques at Treasure Isle. Bob Andy's classic Studio One track 'Unchained' is used on Schooling The Beat and Third World, the latter being a slower version of the original. Three medlies are present here : Universal Dub is a medley of Burning Spear's 'Slavery Days', Jackie Mittoo's 'Hot Milk', and Ken Boothe's 'My Heart Is Gone', Midnight Movie includes 'I Don't Know Why' by Delroy Wilson, Errol Dunkley's 'Black Cinderella' and 'Drum Song' by the Studio One backing band the Sound Dimension, and Heavy Duty Dub is the last medley on the album and includes the Heptones' 'Pretty Looks', and two Alton Ellis tunes -'Mad Mad' and 'I'm Just A Guy'.
Angola Crisis is another 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'. Vocalist Dennis Brown cut his most enduring tunes for Joe Gibbs. Here you'll find dub versions of 'My Kind' (Ghetto Skank), 'Poorer Side Of Town' (Lime Key Rock), 'Play Girl' (Lovers Serenade), and 'Let Me Live' (Campus Rock). The vocal versions can be found on Dennis Brown's compilation set 'The Best Of..Volume 2'.
Crucial stuff!