Friday, August 22, 2008

Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub

From All Music:
"To coincide with the electronica revolution of the late '90s, Bill Laswell remixed a number of Bob Marley records as ambient dub for the Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub album. If these songs were remixed by any other producer, the results could have been disastrous, but Laswell is one of the masters of intellectual dub -- he knows what to take out and what to add, creating a spacious, cavernous mix that is provocative without being extreme. Some longtime Marley fans will balk at the very idea of the album, but the results are undeniably impressive, even if it's a little too restrained and cerebral to qualify as first-rate ambient dub for clubs."
Fair assessment. I hesitate to even call this a dub album...remix album, sure, but it is dub only in the sense that these are versions, with more subtracted than added, but they are not the sparse, heavy dubs most reggae fans associate with the term.

Hearing Marley without the lyrics is in and of itself interesting, almost like listening to Dylan for the harmonica prowess...This record is still in print so I will not post the full set for download. If any record is worth shelling out for these days, this one is...

Download:
The Heathen from Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub