Majestic Dub
Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
Crazy Joe Records
October 10, 2006

Track list
  1. Majestic Dub
  2. Ten Commandments
  3. Social Justice
  4. Kings Of Dub
  5. Foundation Cycle
  6. Edward The Eight
  7. International Treaty
  8. Martial Law
  9. Nation Of Dub
  10. Embargo
  11. Never Touch
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
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. Joe Gibbs released a slew of fine dub albums between 1975 and 1980 :
  • African Dub All-Mighty - 1975
  • African Dub Chapter 2 - 1976
  • State Of Emergency - 1976
  • African Dub All-Mighty Chapter 3 - 1978
  • African Dub Chapter 4 - 1979
  • Majestic Dub - 1979
On these albums you can find 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 All-Mighty Chapter 3" was the most commercially successful and genuinely brought the dub format to the ears of many listeners outside the reggae community. Part of the appeal was the broad use of bizarre sound effects such as ringing bells, buzzers, phones, whistling birds and shooting sounds. For some dub purists this distracted from the impact of some of the original riddims. The band 'Joe Gibbs and The Professionals' included top musicians such as bassists Lloyd Parks and Robbie Shakespeare, drummer Sly Dunbar, guitarists Earl Chinna Smith, Winston Bowen, and Bingi Bunny and organists Bubbler and Ossie Hibbert.

'Majestic Dub' originally was a ten track set, the cd adds an unknown dub track called Never Touch. This album offers a selection of familiar riddims. There is Social Justice, a tune across the Augustus Pablo 'Java' riddim. Furthermore there's the 'To the Foundation' riddim, courtesy of the late great Dennis Brown. More Dennis Brown riddims include Edward The Eight, utilising the 'Stay At Home' riddim, courtesy of the original Paragon, Mr. John Holt and Nation Of Dub, riding the 'How Could I Live' riddim voiced by artists such as The Sharks, John Holt, Dennis Brown to name but a few.

'Majestic Dub' is not the most powerful dub outing Joe Gibbs has put out, nevertheless it still stays an enjoyable album.