Bunny Wailer – Dub D’sco Vol. 1
The 1978 released LP “Dub D’sco” on Bunny Wailer’s own Solomonic labal was the singer’s very first dub album. It included subtle interpretations of five classic cuts from Bunny Wailer’s iconic debut LP “Blackheart Man”. Checking the musician credits of the “Blackheart Man” set learns that this was essentially a Wailers album as it features Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh minus Bob Marley. The remaining two tracks on “Dub D’sco” are dubbed up versions from a track taken from his Island Records’ 12″ single “Roots, Radics, Rockers & Reggae” (1978) and from another 12″ single, the 1977 released “Love Fire”.
Most likely most of the songs included are well known and highly appreciated by many reggae fans, but it’s truly an exciting experience to hear them in a different i.e. dubwise style. The way in which all songs have been given an inspired sounding dub treatment with unsung dub masters Sylvan Morris and Karl Pitterson at the control tower can be qualified as one that allows plenty of space around the instruments and voice as they fade in and out the mix. This actually brings to mind an album like Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s “Super Ape” from the same era.
The first track, “Roots Raddics (Dubd’sco)”, opens this album perfectly well as it is an extremely engaging dub offering. The headbusting “Battering Down (Dubd’sco)” keeps the dub vibes flowing in a great way and is a joy to listen to another dimension of the superb original vocal piece. Next comes “Armagedon (Dubd’sco)”, a mind-blowing Nyahbinghi-flavored spacy soundscape that clocks in at 6m:28s and is truly worth hearing throughout. Another tremendous version is “Fig Tree”, which features lots of vocals in the mix. The unyielding “Love Fire (Dubd’sco)” is reminiscent of the Upsetters’ “Dub Of Parliament”, Lee Perry’s dub version of the Meditations tune “House Of Parliament”. The all-conquering “Rasta Man (Dubd’sco)” is a massive dub version with a dazzling vibe. The album is rounded off by “Dream Land (Dubd’sco)”, which features a gloriously cheesy outer-space synth line.
- Love Fire (Dubd’sco)
- Armagedon (Dubd’sco)
- Rasta Man (Dubd’sco)
- Roots Raddics (Dubd’sco)
Conclusion Filled with great and essential sounds, this is one of the greatest dub albums of the 1970s.