quality music that should be up there in the album-of-the-year stakes.'
Combine the talents of Lee Perry, the Skatalites and King Tubby all at the height of their powers, and the results were bound to be spectacular. Sessions at Lee Perry's Black Ark Studio and Aquarius Studio resulted in the release of an instrumental album, The Legendary Skatalites (1975). Soon after, a dub set, Herb Dub Collie Dub, appeared in very limited numbers. In 1998 Motion Records released a companion set of alternative dubs on Heroes Of Reggae In Dub, to widespread critical acclaim. A vinyl re-issue of Herb Dub Collie Dub in 2001 also gained a great reception. The Legendary Skatalites In Dub completes the set with the pick of the remaining tracks from the 1975 sessions plus a sought-after vocal cut entitled 'Starlight'.
The list of musicians on this album reads like a Who's Who of Jamaican music, and includes Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Tommy McCook, Ernest Ranglin, and Augustus Pablo. The music itself is classic seventies dub reggae built on the acoustic bass of Lloyd Brevett and the horn section of The Skatalites.
- CD Version FAST CD009:
The newly released vinyl version omits tracks from Herb Dub Collie Dub (which are duplicated on the CD) but includes extra tracks Seven Seal and Fugitive:
- Vinyl Version FAST LP009:
Number: FAST CD/LP009.
Oldie but goldie. The audaciously funky dub album of your (and
our) dreams. Mad, phasing drum breaks (Sealing Dub), rolling acoustic
basslines, skewed-to-hell analogue synths (Starlight) and uplifting, infectious
party-time business (Bottom Dub) - it's all here. Stone-cold classic 70s
dub that will ignite any party lucky enough to have it - age not an issue.
legendary all-star group gets beautifully spliced and diced. The sound
is exquisite and the dubs are totally transfixing. .... this is a definitive
dub selection that includes the scarce, anthemic, vocal bonus 'Starlight'.
An unmissable history lesson. 5/5
Vintage dub gold, fresh from the vaults. Musicians from the greatest
band ever to emerge from Jamaica, mixed and blended by Lee Perry and King
Tubby. Nowadays dub is digital business, but listen to the blaring horns,
slapping bass and nyabinghi drums of these recordings and hear how it
should be done. Pure, organic and fresh from the roots.
The Skatalites occupy a nearly mythical place in Jamaica's promiscuous
musical history. The Mark 2 version of the band (i.e. no Jackie Mittoo
or very deceased Don Drummond) was put through the blender by the new
sonic school of Lee Perry and King Tubby. These little heard items go
against the usual dark, edgy dub grain, the tone almost blissfully mellow.
Serious scholars of 70's reggae will have no complains.
Skatalites were top-flight musicians, and here they worked with the
young lions of a new decade, notably Lee Perry and King Tubby. Motion's
Heroes Of Reggae In Dub was a taster for the full meal - [Legendary Skatalites]
is a superb album that works regardless of the genre. It's truly quality
music that should be up there in the album-of-the-year stakes. Expansive
sleevenotes with top artwork adds the final touch. It's the sort of album
that will appeal to anyone and, once bought, it will never stray far from
your CD player.
mention must be made of the exceptional playing from the great Ernest
Ranglin on guitar, though the whole ensemble is free, fluid and totally
jazzed-up. Tubby must have loved doing this one!