X-Ray Music - A Blood And Fire Dub Directory

Step It Up In Dub - Prince Jammy
Dub The Right Way - King Tubby
Dub There - Prince Jammy
There's Dub - King Tubby
Morpheus Special - King Tubby
Extraordinary Version - Errol Thompson and Clive Chin
Noah Sugar Pan - Lee Perry
Rally Dub - Lee Perry
Cool This Dub - Phillip Smart
Bag A Wire Dub - King Tubby
King Tubby's Answer - Mixed by Scientist
Shining Dub - Karl Pitterson and Clive Chan
Pegasus Rock - King Tubby
The Champion Version - Prince Jammy
Moses Dub - Jo Jo Hookim
Dub Is My Occupation - Prince Jammy
There simply may not be a better reggae label around than England's Blood & Fire, a company co-founded by noted reggae critic Steve Barrow and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall. The fact that the best reggae label in the world deals strictly in reissues from the 1970s could be construed as something of an indictment of the current state of the art, but that doesn't make Blood & Fire's releases any less crucial. This sampler focuses on the many exquisite dub albums the label has issued over the last few years (its title comes from Lee "Scratch" Perry: "Some people call it dub. I call it x-ray music"). Included are dub versions of songs by Horace Andy ("Dub There"), the Morwells ("Morpheus Special"), and the Congos ("Noah Sugar Pan"), among others, but the album's best feature is the variety of producers represented: there's hardly an important reggae producer missing, so the neophyte can enlighten him- or herself by comparing the styles of King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Lee Perry, Jojo Hookim, and Errol Thompson. It's tempting to say something like "if you only own one dub album, make it this one," but it would be much better to let this compilation guide your deeper exploration of this fascinating, and sometimes unsettling, musical world.
Review by Rick Anderson
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