Saturday, October 6, 2007

Dubroom Online - Edition October 6, 2007

Dubroom Online - Edition October 6, 2007


WWW, October 6 2007 - The video "Catch a Fire", which we reviewed for this edition of Dubroom Online, reveals to a great extend just what was going on in that time wherein the Wailer created their first album.

The documentary is open about just about everything that was done to market Bob Marley's music to the European and American Rock audiences. Audiences that would despise Reggae, if they knew about it at all in the first place!

Was it a "sell-out" to the system, or was it an intelligent more to use the system in order to spread the same message to a much larger audience?

Obviously, the debate will continue as it has been continued throughout the decades.

Give Thanks, One Love,
Messian Dread (Dubroom Webmaster)

Video: (Bob Marley and) the Wailers - Catch a Fire
Mp3 Podcast - Various Artists - Juggling Stylee!

Video: (Bob Marley and) the Wailers - Catch a Fire

Dubroom (DUB) Reggae Video Review

WWW, September 2007 - This must-see documentary reveals to great detail, just how Bob Marley's Reggae Music was transformed to make it acceptable for the European and American markets.

When Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley formed their vocal harmony group The Wailing Wailers and started recording for Sir Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, it would mark the start of an incredible story.

Not in the least, because the story of the (Bob Marley and the) Wailers is synonymous with the story of the world-wide popularization of Reggae Music.

And "Catch a Fire" plays a crucial role in this story!

When the album was produced, the Wailers were still together and Reggae Music was still seen as some local form of what is disdainfully called "World Music", a term that yet to be invented in the early 1970's.

Chris Blackwell, then owner of Island Records, loved Reggae and came in contact with the Wailers. He gave them money to record their album in Jamaica, and then flew Bob Marley to the UK to work on the recordings.

Chris Blackwell is interviewed, as is Bunny Wailer. Peter and Bob enter in, and a whole host of well-known names in Reggae and Rastafari donate some information too. The musicians who worked on the album in the UK enter into the video as well, telling their part of the story.

The whole idea behind the album was to market Reggae to a new audience.

Therefore, this video is much more than just the story behind the making of the album. If only, because the video reveals to great detail just how the raw Jamaican Reggae was smoothed and changed to make it acceptable for the Rock audiences of Europe and the USA.


Mp3 Podcast - Various Artists - Juggling Stylee!


WWW, October 2007 - In the early 1990's, the drum computer and other digital technologies had definitely taken over the Jamaican Studio's and Dancehalls.

It all started in the mid 1980's with the Sleng-Teng riddim, a production by Prince Jammy's. It was the first digital production and the people loved it. The Digital Revolution was a fact!

Many people complain about these technologies. Let's call them preterists: people with a rather unhealthy love for the past. Drum computers and programming music would kill creativity, was the claim.

Well, this podcasts proofs them wrong from the top to the very last drop.

When you hear Dennis Brown, for example, singing out from his heart and soul or Frankie Paul who basically does the same, any claim that this music has no heart and soul is beyond the comprehension of the writer of this review.

So let the drum and bass lines of this great mix of programmed and played material make you skank heavy while the singers give you food for thought and love...


01. Pull Your String Cohesion Exterminator 1990
02. Flex Out Studio Case Exterminator 1990
03. Come With Me Dennis Brown Shocking Vibes 1992
04. To Have And To Hold Dennis Brown Power Matic 1992
05. Promise Land Frankie Paul Champion Records 1992
06. Everything I've Got Garnett Silk Penthouse 1992
07. No More Will I Roam Dennis Brown Jammys 1993
08. Putting Up Resistance Beres Hammond Tappa 1992
09. Love Is The Answer Junior Reid Tappa 1992
10. Good Man Scarce Junior Reid J.R. Sound 1990
11. No More Walls Dennis Brown Two Friends 1990
12. Love In Your Heart Dennis Brown Tappa 1992



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