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Musical Dub Attack
The Revolutionaries
Deeper Knowledge Records
CD / Vinyl LP
October 26, 2015

Track list
  1. Semi Classical Natty Dub
  2. Musical Dub Attack
  3. Dub Sound
  4. Is Dub I A Deal With
  5. Dub Development
  6. Jamboree Dub
  7. Skyjuice And Festival Dub
  8. Dub For Your Life
  9. Dub For Michael Holding
  10. Everybody Dubbin'
  11. Dub For Marcus Garvey
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Deeper Knowledge Records (DKR) is a reggae reissue imprint from Brooklyn, NY, founded in 2009 with one simple goal: legit and high quality reissues of rare and killer tunes. No bootlegs, no bad new artwork, no terrible noisy or warped pressings, only the use of the original master tapes whenever possible. If not present anymore, some selections have been repressed from original stampers, or have been carefully remastered from very rare but unfortunately imperfect original press vinyl copies.

In the mid '70s I-Roy was one of the top deejays who started his career recording for producers 'Gussie' Clarke, Glen Brown, Lee Perry and Bunny 'Striker' Lee. He was heavily influenced by deejay Dennis Alcapone. One of his earliest hits, "Sidewalk Killer", came out in 1972. His debut album "Presenting I Roy" is considered a classic of its genre, and was followed up by a series of strong albums including "Hell And Sorrow". For several years, from 1975, I-Roy was engaged in an on-record slanging match with fellow deejay Prince Jazzbo, the two trading insults on successive singles, although in reality they were good friends. In 1976, I-Roy signed to Virgin Records with whom he released five albums. In the '80s his career ended and he died in 1999 of heart failure, at the age of fifty-five.

In 1976 Virgin released a deejay album by I-Roy called "Musical Shark Attack". The set became one of his most popular albums, riding Channel One riddims laid down by their house band The Revolutionaries. Production credits go to Joseph Hoo Kim. Now DKR puts out the dubwise companion album "Musical Dub Attack". The original dub album was released in very limited numbers, as a 'radio-DJ only' pre-release and appeared also with a handmade cover, entitled "Shark Dub", in numbered edition of 20 copies only. It is said that I-Roy's album was actually voiced over this dub LP, as it was completed and ready before Channel One set about making a new I-Roy album. If you listen to the I-Roy album you'll hear 100% stereo, one channel backing only, one channel I-Roy voice! The long lost dub album is now properly issued, direct from master tape, in a newly designed jacket made to match the I-Roy album, with recently published vintage photos by Norwegian photographer Syphilia Morgenstierne.

The album opens with the killer tune "Semi-Classical Natty Dub". This is the dub cut to the roots classic "Ride On Marcus" by Enforcer, a rare tune you gotta check out fi sure! The title track "Musical Dub Attack" sounds very familiar and in our opinion it uses the bassline of Ernest Wilson's Studio One classic "Undying Love". Next comes "Dub Sound", to our knowledge (and memory...) a take on Jackie Mittoo's "Hot Milk" riddim. "Is Dub I A Deal With" reworks Dennis Walks' hit tune "The Drifter" in great style and fashion! Next comes a real treat. "Dub Development" is the backing track of a very rare 10" dubplate with the title "Free Black Man", artist unknown. "Jamboree Dub" is the lethal dub to the riddim used for I-Roy's "Jamboree" and Earth & Stone's "Give Me". Standout tune! The riddim of "SkyJuice And Festival Dub" was also used to underpin Enforcer's classic roots tune "Pay Them". Well done double drumming riffs here! "Dub For Michael Holding" is a rockers rendition of the Treasure Isle classic "Travelling Man", performed by the mighty Techniques. Nice dub fx on the horns here! Yet another Treasure Isle riddim gets the Channel One treatment. "Everybody Dubbin'" reworks the early '70s Melodians tune "Everybody Bawling", but the riddim became truly famous when Daddy U-Roy chatted his lyrics over the song. "Dub For Marcus Garvey" uses the militant backdrop of Leroy Smart's classic "Oh Marcus".

Excellent re-issue, check it out here.