Creation Dub
Wackies Allstars
September 22, 2004

Track list
  1. Asmara Dub
  2. Jah Jah's Call
  3. Next To Jah
  4. To Africa Dub
  5. Meditation Rock
  6. Blackman Rock
  7. Black Festivity
  8. Tell It To Them Roots Dread - Jah Clarke
  9. East Africa Dub
  10. Creation Dub
Vocals : - Lead Instruments : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4
And yet another superb release in the string of classic Wackies albums that have been (re)released by Berlin dub-techno duo Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus a.k.a. Rhythm & Sound, as part of their rerelease program of the complete Wackie's catalog. More on their own releases, whether technodub on Basic Channel or their Rhythm & Sound label and also on their classic Wackie's (re)releases can be found at the Basic Channel website. This "Creation Dub" album has seen its original 1977 release by Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes been one of those sought-after treasures. Very minimalistic dubs like opener "Asmara Dub" and "Jah Jah's Call" - where the drums, bass & guitar get a little organ melody on top - make it perfectly clear what must have attracted the Rhythm & Sound men to the rerelease of all these Wackies productions. An almost jazzy bassline leads all the way through the equally sparse dub versioning Bo Kirkland's "I Want To Get Next To You" called "Next To Jah". Sel Wheeler adds some beautiful horn riffs to "To Africa Dub", the version of Jo Jo Bennett's "Leaving Rome". "Meditation Rock" has a strange picked guitar theme, that is just enough to unsettle you, before more standard roots dub territory is entered with "Meditation Rock". Following is "Black Festivity" on which the sound gets again fuller, with that typical groove often found in Wackies productions. Johnny 'Jah' Clarke contributes some excellent singing to the very impressive "Tell It Them Roots Dread", followed by the groovy (couldn't find another word to describe it, although I tried) "East Africa Dub" before the excellent title track "Creation Dub" with its wicked drumming and superb drums finishes this album in fine style. Another one to be added to any dub and roots collection.