Familyman In Dub
Aston Familyman Barrett
February 26, 1999

Track list
  1. Cobra Style Dub
  2. Steppers Rock
  3. Familyman Skank
  4. Rebel Am I
  5. E.T. Special
  6. Pleasing Dub
  7. Dubbing Naturally
  8. Dub Combination
  9. Pickney Dub
  10. A Distant Dub
  11. Tribute To Y Mas Gan
  12. Elegant Dub
  13. Iron Rock
  14. Dub Maker
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 5
"Dub" emerged in the early seventies when so-called versions - actually remixed versions of tunes with the studio engineer removing all, (or most), of the original vocal leaving the raw riddim track - were appearing on the B-side of Jamaican singles. The further development and establishment of this style of Jamaican music, which later had a serious impact in the world of dance music, can be largely credited to the late Osbourne Ruddock aka King Tubby.

"Familyman In Dub" - the dubbed instrumental companion to the compilation set "Aston Familyman Barrett ~ Cobra Style : Productions From The Wailers' Musical Director" with bonus dub tracks from Familyman's vaults - contains "remixed versions" made by studio engineers Errol Brown, Errol Thompson, Oswald "Chunnie" Palmer and Aston Familyman Barrett himself. Until now none of the tracks included have been available on compact disc before, which makes this album highly collectible. But probably more interesting is the fact that this set of dub versions collects recordings from almost a decade, so that one can witness the development of Dub throughout the seventies. This implies that the listener is treated to stripped down riddim tracks with barely more than a dominating "Drum & Bass" section, spacey mixes in order to create heavy echo-laden versions sometimes with the addition of some weird effects and a couple of versions with vocals fading in and out the mix.

"Familyman in Dub" will appeal to anyone who likes vintage Dub!