Morwell Unlimited Meet King Tubby's : Dub Me
Blood & Fire
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : -||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
A dub album of The Morwells isn't exactly the kind of album one expects to be
re-released as they never reached the stature of vocal groups like The Mighty
Diamonds, Viceroys, Itals and Abbysinians. However they managed to make an
impact on the musical history of Jamaica that lasted way beyond their early
days as a struggling roots group and therefor it's only fair they get the
credits and respect they truly deserve. The Morwells consisted of Maurice
"Blacka" Wellington, Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont and Louis Davis.
Of those three members the late Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont is probable
best known as the guitar player who (together with Errol "Flabba" Holt)
formed the Roots Radics in 1978. Dub in the album format really started to
make an impact on the reggae market in 1975 and the Morwells' Dub Me
was among the first to come out that year. Now this King Tubby mixed album has
been made available once again as a Blood & Fire reissue with the addition
of four extra tracks: a further cut to "Swing & Dine" ("Swing & Dub"),
a version to the instrumental "Brentford Rock" ("Morpheus Special"),
the dub to "You got to be holy" ("Ethiopians Special") and the Black
Ark-recorded "Stepping in H.Q.", which is the dub to "Mother long tongue".
All the riddims are laid down in the rockers style; King Tubby's mix is
suitably mellow and his use of ambient sound effects sparing and subtle.