Various Studio One Dub

Studio One came late to the dub side. However, it proved to be a very lucrative aspect of their business during the ’70s and ’80s. Hundreds of dubs were mixed for soundsystem use during this time. Alongside newer versions of these rhythms produced at other studios in Kingston, Channel One being the most prominent, Studio One's legacy was maintained and broadened. This collection is an excellent sampling of enduring riddims by Jackie Mittoo, Horace Andy, Freddie McGregor and more. Studio One dub uses a different approach than King Tubby or Lee Perry. Since most of these tunes were recorded using fewer microphones, usually to a two-track machine, the results can get a little crunchy. Engineer Sylvan Morris was trying to make the best of the very limited equipment he had to create rough and ready effects. Tubby, an accomplished electronic engineer and soundsystem designer, was able to subvert newer technology, and as a result, his mixes had greater fidelity and had a greater breadth of effects. Soul Jazz's remastering is crystal clear, so the effect is that of an exquisitely lo-fi studio workout presented in a hi-fi fashion. This is most evident in the sandpapery dub of Delroy Wilson's "Run Run.” Although Coxsone mixed these tunes under the alias of "Dub Specialist," it's Morris that deserves the credit. Currently, there aren't too many examples of reissued Studio One dub, although with Coxsone's passing this will probably change. Nevertheless, no dub fan should be without this one. (Soul Jazz)