8 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rastafari Dub is a seminal set of stripped down reggae rhythms that are as renowned amongst reggae afficianados as they are obscure in origin. Though a number of these rhythms are, as the album's title indicates, dub versions of tracks from Ras Michaels’ seminal 1972 debut Rastafari, the album also includes dubs of tracks from Ras Michaels’ equally essential, though slightly more psychedelic Kibir-Am-Lak. Disputes over the provenance of these dubs in no way diminish the quality of these amazing recordings, which feature Ras Michaels’ crack band of singers and Nyahbinghi percussionists accompanied by some of Jamaica’s finest instrumental talents. Carlton Davis, Tommy McCook, Robbie Shakespeare, and others provide instrumental accompaniment. The loose, improvisational atmosphere of many Ras Michaels recordings is absent here, replaced by airtight rhythms that give way to expansive dubs. This release was once greatly sought after by dub enthusiasts, particularly younger punk musicians attracted to its menacing atmosphere and experimental qualities. Though it is now easier to find thanks to ROIR’s stellar re-release, it remains an essential component of any well-rounded Reggae collection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rastafari Dub is a seminal set of stripped down reggae rhythms that are as renowned amongst reggae afficianados as they are obscure in origin. Though a number of these rhythms are, as the album's title indicates, dub versions of tracks from Ras Michaels’ seminal 1972 debut Rastafari, the album also includes dubs of tracks from Ras Michaels’ equally essential, though slightly more psychedelic Kibir-Am-Lak. Disputes over the provenance of these dubs in no way diminish the quality of these amazing recordings, which feature Ras Michaels’ crack band of singers and Nyahbinghi percussionists accompanied by some of Jamaica’s finest instrumental talents. Carlton Davis, Tommy McCook, Robbie Shakespeare, and others provide instrumental accompaniment. The loose, improvisational atmosphere of many Ras Michaels recordings is absent here, replaced by airtight rhythms that give way to expansive dubs. This release was once greatly sought after by dub enthusiasts, particularly younger punk musicians attracted to its menacing atmosphere and experimental qualities. Though it is now easier to find thanks to ROIR’s stellar re-release, it remains an essential component of any well-rounded Reggae collection.

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Ratings and Reviews

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3 Ratings

Tramalam Adingdong ,

Classic, but not absolutely necessary

This is a classic album, mostly because every riddim on this album is the envy of every other reggae musician on this planet. It has a nice hypnotic sound, and is really pretty conservative as far as dub goes. So that's a plus. Really good to listen to while you rest. My favorites are "Truth and Right" and "Birds in the Tree Top".

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