Dub To Jamrock
Maximum Sound-Nocturne-Munich
October 15, 2007

Track list
  1. Lime Key
  2. Red Hills
  3. Hellshire Heights
  4. Treasure Beach
  5. Oraccabessa
  6. St Ann's Bay Splash
  7. Strawberry Hill
  8. Old Harbour
  9. Stony Hill
  10. Savanna La Mar
  11. French Man Cove
  12. Sandy Beach
  13. Rocky Point
  14. Black River
  15. Mandeville Skank
  16. Port Royal
  17. Mandella HIghway
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 3 Production : 3 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
The most important period in the history of Dub was between 1974-1981, when people like Osbourne Ruddock aka King Tubby, boss of the leading sound system in Kingston and a superb engineer, and his apprentices Prince Jammy, Scientist and Prince Phillip Smart, along with pioneers such as Errol Thompson and Lee Perry added a further dimension to Jamaican music with their radically remixed versions.

In the beginning records bearing a B-side credited to King Tubby were often selling on the strength of the Dub version, rather than their official top sides. And then the first handful of Dub albums appeared, usually pressed in very small quantities and disappearing quickly. However their followers were the most committed of the reggae public and over the next few years hundreds of Dub albums were released, as every producer maximized the financial return on his vintage riddims. As every craze must, this eventually ran its course, and by the early 1980s few Dub sets were being issued.

The heydays of Dub are long gone, but every now and then a brand new Dub album appears out of the blue as is the case with "Dub To Jamrock". Producer Frenchie has to be given credits for some real good production works which includes albums with Anthony B, Lukie D, Mykal Rose, Richie Stephens and Jah Mason, and also bashment riddims such as "Jumbie", "Intercom", "Fowl Fight" and "Blue Steel", but unfortunately his first full length Dub set doesn't live up to expectations and thus disappoints.

"Dub To Jamrock" simply lacks everything good Dub music usually has to offer. The tracks included on this disc are not heavy, nor electrifying and certainly not adventurous. A very good example of how modern Jamaican Dub should be created was the 1999 released "MLK Dub" from Xterminator. But here we're mainly treated to instrumentals spiced with some dubby effects. Even though some tracks are nice to hear, this set doesn't cause any real excitement. Besides Frenchie's own original riddims, there are also remakes of classic riddims like e.g. Ernest Wilson "I Know Myself", Horace Andy's "Every Tongue Shall Tell", Aswad's "Warrior Charge" and Al Campbell's "Take A Ride", probably better known as Johnny Osbourne's "Truths & Rights".

Definitely a missed opportunity from a producer who surely is able to come up with something far better than this.