Various artists album review
Joe Gibbs Productions
Soul Jazz Records-Munich
September 12 - 2003
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 5|
The compilation set "Joe Gibbs Productions" is Soul Jazz Records' fitting tribute to the man called Joe Gibbs aka Joel Gibson. Covering Roots, Dub, DJs, Lovers and Dancehall, their latest release is dedicated to the classic productions of Joe Gibbs. The album is a mixture of classic tracks alongside rare material most of which has never been available outside of Jamaica - all released together for the first time. The excellent album - dressed in a bright sleeve, strongly reminiscent of those in fashion during the seventies - has been compiled by the crew of Soul Jazz Records, based in North London. Joe Gibbs' house band of musicians known as The Professionals were usually led by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and featured the cream of Kingston's finest session musicians. Their re-interpretation of classic Studio One riddims in the mid-70s for Joe Gibbs (as well as Channel One) would become the basis for the arrival of Dancehall at the end of the decade.