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World Music CD Reviews Reggae & Caribbean

DUB SYNDICATE

By JUDSON KILPATRICK
Published April 7, 2006

Murder Tone
On-U Sound

Though at first glance, this looks like a new Dub Syndicate album, it is actually a collection of old tracks, including a previously unreleased wicked dub version of Bim Sherman’s “Across The Red Sea.” Drummer Lincoln “Style” Scott and bassist Errol “Flabba” Holt are joined by some great guests, including Lee “Scratch” Perry on “Let The Spirit Rise,” plus Talvin Singh and the late poet Andy Fairley on “Precinct Of Sound.” The revolving cast also includes Skip McDonald, Bingy Bunny, Lizard, Dr. Pablo, Bonjo I and Steely. Of course, the biggest star is Dub Syndicate’s longtime producer Adrian Sherwood. It is a testament to Sherwood’s inventiveness that every track has a different, solid sound. The remastering is superb, and since this captures pivotal years (1984-1992), this is the best place to start your Dub Syndicate collection. Most importantly, it includes “Night Train,” one of the best dubs ever.