Dub Specialist Dub
- Words: Eric K. Arnold
- Label: Heartbeat
- XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10
One of Studio One founder Coxsone Dodd’s aliases was the “dub specialist,” and this 18-track jaunt through classic riddims shows why. Though Dodd’s mixing style wasn’t nearly as upsetting as Lee “Scratch” Perry’s, nor as majestic as King Tubby’s, it’s impossible to argue with these rinsed-out versions of stellar tracks by Cornell Campbell, Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Soul Vendors, and The Lyrics–they’re all strictly foundational. Studio One is still the cornerstone of reggae to this day, and for authentic, old-school echo-chamber business, you can’t beat Dub Specialist.
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