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ARTIST
TITLE
Bob Marley In Dub
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
EB 164CD EB 164CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/5/2021

FLAPAAaaam!!! the first snare roll leaves no doubt: this is a dub album, reminiscing the pioneers of the genre like King Tubby, Lee "Scratch" Perry and Scientist and of course, it's a tribute to the revolutionary music of Bob Marley and the Wailers. The original record from which these dubs derive -- Bob by Kapelle So & So featuring Cpt. Yossarian -- was recorded in 2020, the year of Bob Marley's 75th birthday. Due to the strict lockdown all the tracks were recorded separately -- which perfectly qualifies them for a dub rework. The musicians involved took great care to dig deeply into the original music, absorbing every note of the Wailers' recordings and translating it to their own instrument. But at this point they leave common paths, because what would be Aston Barrett's electric bass turns out to be a tuba and his brother Carly's distinguished bass drum sound resurges on an old leather suitcase. A traditional Bavarian folk band (trumpet, cornet, tuba, accordion, guitar, drums) playing Bob Marley's sacred music. Simultaneously seriously sticking to the original score and adding color to the music by the masterful use of their rather uncommon instruments. What sounds like an impossible -- almost blasphemous -- endeavor actually sounds pretty neat and leads to the next big venture: a dub album paying tribute to the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers. The dub versions naturally lead on the abstract that was introduced by the uncommon orchestration by muting or emphasizing single instruments and sending them into the sonic orbit. The melody itself is almost completely left out. Nevertheless, one never loses one's orientation since the defining elements of the songs alternate skillfully, vanishing in clouds of reverb, losing themselves in echo feedbacks and then popping up again, guiding us through the song. Despite being focused mainly on bass and drums, Marley's parts instantly come to mind proving the profound impact of this divine music. Bob Marley In Dub is the abstract of an abstract and still manages to transport the heart and soul inherent of the music. With all due respect to the original, Cpt. Yossarian manages to illuminate nuances of the material yet unheard and takes you on a trip through his conception of this otherwise well-known material.