Around the turn of the 1980s, the celebrated DJ Prince Far I recorded a series of four albums completely devoted to dub, all titled Cry Tuff Dub Encounter (after Far I's own Cry Tuff label). The first and third of them have since been reissued in various formats by other labels, but Virgin's Front Line imprint raised the bar significantly in its 1990 CD reissue of the second volume by adding to its original eight tracks another eight taken from previously uncompiled singles (with their dub versions). That compilation, entitled Dubwise, is currently the only way to purchase Cry Tuff Dub Encounter, Chapter 2, which is actually just as well since the vocal numbers are all more interesting than the straight dub tracks on the original program. It's not that the instrumental dub material isn't of high quality -- on the contrary, it's really quite good. But there's nothing about it that sets it apart noticeably from the hundreds of other easily available dub compilations by such masters of the genre as King Tubby and Augustus Pablo. Nothing, that is, except the brilliantly heavy Roots Radics grooves on which they're all based. Recommended.
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