You know, we’re ap­proach­ing a half-year in­to this and haven’t dipped in­to any pure Dub, which is clear­ly un­sat­is­fac­to­ry. Win­ston Rod­ney a.k.a. Burn­ing Spear has al­ready con­tribut­ed a Song, but if you’re gonna dub, you just can’t dub any deep­er than Burn­ing Spear. Dread Riv­er (Jor­dan River) came up on ran­dom shuf­fle while I was walk­ing to the train the oth­er day, and I smiled heav­i­ly for 3:13.

Garvey’s Ghost

Burn­ing Spear’s most fa­mous al­bum is Mar­cus Gar­vey, and this all-dub col­lec­tion is called Garvey’s Ghost. It’s al­most su­per­flu­ous to pick out just one song, the album’s a con­tin­u­ous smooth lyri­cal bass-heavy flow, the rhythm as deep as Yggdrasil’s root­s. What­ev­er you do, please nev­er lis­ten to this tune, or any oth­er dub, on a re­pro­duc­tion de­vice that can­not re­pro­duce a hearty healthy bass line.

Dread Riv­er is maybe a lit­tle slinki­er and live­li­er than your av­er­age dub, there are parts you could sing along to, and I do.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on iTunes, Spo­ti­fy, Ama­zon. There’s live video of Win­ston in that ear­li­er blog en­try, but most dubs are stu­dio as­sem­blages not ac­tu­al per­for­mances, so you wouldn’t ex­pect to cap­ture a per­for­mance.

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