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Better Dub

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Don't expect any particularly breathtaking mixes here. Rather, this fine set features some classic Studio One rhythms stripped down to their soulful core. Presented are versions of, among others, Dawn Penn's "No No No," Larry Marshall's "Mean Girl," Big Willie's "College Rock," and the Heptones' "How Can I Leave." One should not confuse this (or any Studio One dub release, for that matter) with dub sets by Scientist, King Tubby, or Lee "Scratch" Perry. These mixes are much more basic and employ none of the psychedelic tricks one usually associates with any of the above echo masters. Only the sporadic punching in and out of the horn and guitar tracks separates these from simply being instrumentals. Again, though, the strength of the rhythms makes their seemingly lackluster mixes easy to forgive. Of particular note is the LP's final cut, "Greedy G," a James Brown-influenced jam that betrays the traditional reggae rhythm formula in favor of straight U.S. funk.