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Album · 1979

Tracklist

A1 Throne Of Blood
A2 Brothers Of The Blade
A3 Shoalin Temple
A4 Kamikazi
A5 Oragami Black Belt
B1 Fist Of Fury
B2 Opium Den
B3 Swords Of Vengeance
B4 Downtown Shanghai Rock
B5 Waterfront Gang War

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Jah Mickey, Robbie Shakespeare
Drums – Carlton "Santa" Davis, Sly Dunbar
Guitar [Lead] – Earl "Chinna" Smith, Duggie Bryan
Guitar [Rhythm] – Bo-Pee Bowen, Eric Lamont
Horns – "Deadly" Headley Bennett, Bobby Ellis
Organ – Ansel Collins, Winston Wright
Percussion – Cool Sticky , Zoot Simms
Piano – Augustus Pablo, Keith Sterling

About this release

Trojan Records – TRLS 174 (UK)

Recorded at Channel One Studios and mixed at King Tubby's

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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If you ask most lovers of Dub music, what was the album that got them started, or what is still their favorite album, there is a very good chance they will pick Prince Jammy’s classic “Kamikaze Dub”. Jamaican Dub music first appeared in the mid-70s under the guidance of the creative master mind, King Tubby. By the late 70s, two of his top co-workers, Scientist and Prince Jammy were ready to branch out on their own, and they did. Both Jammy and Scientist were poised to take dub to a whole new level, but Jammy’s record came out first, and that’s why “Kamikaze Dub” is often cited as the album that raised the bar for good. After its release, many Jamaican producers aspired to create the same swirling psychedelic sound that Jammy presented on these near perfect tracks.

This music has aged very well, there is a certain economical neatness on here that implies the digital age, but this was all done painstakingly by hand towards the end of the analog era. This is truly a labor of love as each echo and phase shifter is placed logically, no gratuitous tacky effects mar the final product. The intelligent choice of effects adds to the quality of ‘Kamikaze’, I’m not sure if they were using the new Electro-Harmonix small stone phase shifter, but it sure sounds like it, or something similar. The musicianship on here is outstanding as well, with other Dub stars taking part such as Sly and Robbie on drums and bass, Augustaus Pablo on keyboards, Headley Bennett and Bobby Ellis on horns, as well as many others. The bright effects treated piano and organ parts that borrow from art rock and classical music are often the icing on the cake.

As mentioned earlier, when “Kamikaze Dub” came out in 1979, it became the gateway drug for many a future dub addict. At that time, Miles Davis had retired his psychedelic fusion band, and psych-rock pioneers, Pink Floyd, were slipping into corporate sludge, the time was right for something new, and Price Jammy hit the spot.

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