The sound quality comes and goes and, it must be admitted, few of Marleys dubs ever really pursued the musical heights that the best of his contemporaries routinely attained. But, in rounding up some of the rarest Jamaica-only b-sides and 12-inchers, Dub Jems at least fills the yawning void that Tuff Gongs own official release policy seems hellbent on avoiding.
The key rarity here
would appear to be the "I Know" dub, rarely sighted any place
outside of the occasional high-ticket auction. The Dellicks dubs of Uprising,
too, are in heavy demand although, listening through them, its difficult
to see why
theyre not that good. Indeed, that may actually
be the reason why the Marley estate has yet to bother itself with digging
out all the dubplates. Marleys talent was for words and melodies,
qualities that the best dubs really dont care too highly about.
Strip them away, and whats left? -
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