Album review
In Dub
Ranking Dread
Silver Kamel Audio
CD Digipack
December 29 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. Bom Dub
  2. No More Waiting
  3. Dub Land
  4. Jump Up Dub
  5. Jah Dub
  6. Give Them Dub
  7. Dub It Star
  8. 19000 Dub
  9. Yes Yes Yes Dub
  10. Dub It On Yah
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

After having released many notable productions in the early eighties the U.K. based "Silver Camel" label stopped its activities in 1983. With the long-awaited cd release of Billy Boyo's "Zim Zim" the now U.S.A. based record label re-emerged on the reggae market as Silver Kamel Audio (SKA). At the end of 2004 the label puts out a very interesting set. "Ranking Dread In Dub" was originally released in 1982 and gained cult status due to the fantastic cover art of artist Rod Vass, and the limited pressing at that time -only a 1000 copies were pressed. But what comes first is the excellent music offered here : a sampling of lyrics from Ranking Dread, tough beats from great musicians Sly & Robbie and Roots Radics with the exquiste mixing of King Tubby and his able apprentice Scientist. The deejay Ranking Dread aka Robert Blackwood grew up in the ghettos of Tivoli and Trenchtown together with Tappa Zukie, doing rude boy business and running a sound. When he was building his career he got involved in the shooting of a police officer and was imprisoned. He escaped from prison and was to live the rest of his life as a wanted man. He finally died in the Jamaican prison in 1996.
The cd is an exact copy of the original LP. King Tubby shows his skills on the first five tracks, accompanied by the riddim twins Sly and Robbie. The first track, Bom Dub is the highly acclaimed dub version to Clint Eastwood and General Saint's 1981 smash hit "Fattie Boom Boom", while the next tune is inna totally different style, almost an instrumental track, reworking Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vain" riddim. Dub Land is a typical 70's dub workout by King Tubby. His apprentice and protégé Scientist along with the Roots Radics Band take over from track 6. Check out the opening drum sequence.. truly wicked! Yes Yes Yes Dub is the crucial dub version of the song "No No No". The dub rendition of the eternal and heavenless riddim "Pick Up the Pieces" rounds off this historical and crucial set.
Pure dubbing magic.

Teacher & Mr. T.

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