Album review
Phoenix Dub
Linval Thompson
Motion Records-Munich
30 - 09 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Clock Face Dub
  2. Lonely Cry
  3. Own Eyes Version
  4. Scatter Grain Dub
  5. Dubbing To Africa
  6. Doing Good In Dub
  7. Back Against The Wall
  8. Dub Somebody
  9. Wrong Fight Version
  10. Hungry Belly Dub
  11. Holding On In Dub
  12. Dubbing Feet
  13. Guide Me In Dub Style
  14. Got To Hide Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 5

The discovery by Linval Thompson of a set of tapes previously believed to have been lost, has resulted in the release of the album "Phoenix Dub". It contains previously unreleased killer dubs from the mid seventies to early eighties and were mixed at King Tubby's by Tubby himself, Scientist and Prince Jammy. Musicians include The Revolutionaries and the Roots Radics.
Linval Thompson aspirations to become a singer turned into success with the 1975 recording of "Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks" for producer Bunny Lee. An album of the name soon followed and Linval gradually took charge of his own creations, starting off with the tune "I Love Marijuana". For the Socialist Roots soundsystems he cut one of his biggest hits "Zion Train". He started licensing albums to Trojan in the UK and to Clocktower in New York. At that time he did a lot of work with Wayne Jarrett, Cornell Campbell, Trinity, Ranking Trevor and Big Joe. In addition he was crafting further hits of his own, such as "Six Babylon", a tale of policemen brutalising dreads. The beginning of the 80s saw Linval in fine form, producing noteworthy albums for the Wailing Souls, Barrington Levy, Johnny Osbourne, Freddie McGregor and The Viceroys. In the mid 80s he more or less stopped producing and in 1989 he was able to make an album (Starlight) with Sly and Robbie.
"Phoenix Dub" contains some 14 gems, most of them mixed by Scientist. Linval Thompson dubs have always been appreciated by connoisseurs and reggae fans all over the world. Here you will find brutal dubbed up tunes such as Johnny Osbourne's majestic "Kiss Somebody" (Dub Somebody), John Holt's "The Clock" (Clock Face Dub) and Anthony Johnson's "Africa" (Dubbing To Africa), but there are more standouts to be discovered on the album. Do check out Wrong Fight Version, with an awesome pounding bass line, Holding On In Dub which licks the immortal "Conversation" riddim and features Dennis Brown (Hold On To What You Got) as the original vocalist, Prince Jammy's dubbing efforts on Got To Hide Dub and Scatter Grain Dub which is fine reworking of the "Throw Me Corn" riddim.
Essential and historical stuff from the vaults of Linval Thompson !

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