SLY AND ROBBIE

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Sly and Robbie is the most prolific Jamaican rhythm section and production team. Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare joined in the mid 1970s after having established themselves separately in Jamaica as professional musicians. Sly and Robbie are estimated to have played on or produced 200,000 recordings, many of them on their own label, Taxi Records.

Sly Dunbar, then drumming for Skin Flesh and Bones, and Robbie, playing bass and guitar with the Aggrovators, discovered they had the same ideas about music in general (both are huge fans of Motown, Stax Records, the Philly Sound, and Country music, in addition to Jamaican legendary labels Studio One and Treasure Isle), and Reggae production in particular. They first worked together with The Revolutionaries for the newly created Channel One studio and label, operated by the Hoo Kim brothers. According to The Independent, their breakthrough album was The Mighty Diamonds' 1976 release Right Time,
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SLY AND ROBBIE Discography

SLY AND ROBBIE albums / top albums

SLY AND ROBBIE Sensi Dub Vol. 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sensi Dub Vol. 4
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1976
SLY AND ROBBIE Disco Dub album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Disco Dub
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1978
SLY AND ROBBIE Gamblers Choice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gamblers Choice
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1980
SLY AND ROBBIE The 60's, 70's Into The 80's = Taxi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The 60's, 70's Into The 80's = Taxi
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1981
SLY AND ROBBIE Syncopation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Syncopation
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1982
SLY AND ROBBIE Hot Dub album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot Dub
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1984
SLY AND ROBBIE Language Barrier album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Language Barrier
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1985
SLY AND ROBBIE Sting album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sting
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1986
SLY AND ROBBIE Taxi Fare album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Taxi Fare
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1986
SLY AND ROBBIE Rhythm Killers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rhythm Killers
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1987
SLY AND ROBBIE The Summit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Summit
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1988
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie Present Gregory Isaacs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie Present Gregory Isaacs
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1988
SLY AND ROBBIE Silent Assassin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Silent Assassin
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1989
SLY AND ROBBIE Dub Rockers Delight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dub Rockers Delight
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1991
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie Meet King Tubby album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie Meet King Tubby
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1991
SLY AND ROBBIE Remember Precious Times album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remember Precious Times
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1992
SLY AND ROBBIE Ragga Pon Top album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ragga Pon Top
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1993
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie Present The Punishers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie Present The Punishers
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1993
SLY AND ROBBIE Hail Up The Taxi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hail Up The Taxi
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1995
SLY AND ROBBIE 20 Bass Riffs & Drum Drops album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
20 Bass Riffs & Drum Drops
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1995
SLY AND ROBBIE Presents The Sound Of La Trenggae album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Presents The Sound Of La Trenggae
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1997
SLY AND ROBBIE Mambo Taxi Featuring Sly & Robbie & The Taxi Gang album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mambo Taxi Featuring Sly & Robbie & The Taxi Gang
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1997
SLY AND ROBBIE Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Friends
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1997
SLY AND ROBBIE Babylon I-Rebel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Babylon I-Rebel
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1998
SLY AND ROBBIE Drum & Bass Strip To The Bone By Howie B album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drum & Bass Strip To The Bone By Howie B
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1998
SLY AND ROBBIE King Tubby's Dancehall Style Dub album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
King Tubby's Dancehall Style Dub
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1998
SLY AND ROBBIE Hail Up Taxi 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hail Up Taxi 2
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1999
SLY AND ROBBIE The Wonderful Sound Of Lovers Rock (Featuring Glen Ricketts ) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Wonderful Sound Of Lovers Rock (Featuring Glen Ricketts )
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2001
SLY AND ROBBIE Masters Of Dub album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Masters Of Dub
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2001
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie Meet Bunny Lee At Dub Station album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie Meet Bunny Lee At Dub Station
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2002
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie At Prince Jammy's: Dub Transmission Specialists album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie At Prince Jammy's: Dub Transmission Specialists
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2002
SLY AND ROBBIE The Dub Revolutionaries (meet Mad Professor feat. Dean Fraser) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dub Revolutionaries (meet Mad Professor feat. Dean Fraser)
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2004
SLY AND ROBBIE Version Born album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Version Born
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2004
SLY AND ROBBIE African Roots album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
African Roots
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2004
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie Presents Taxi 3 Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie Presents Taxi 3 Trio
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2006
SLY AND ROBBIE Blackwood Dub album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blackwood Dub
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2012
SLY AND ROBBIE Underwater Dub album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Underwater Dub
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2014
SLY AND ROBBIE Dubrising album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Dubrising
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2014
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie and Spicy Chocolate : The Reggae Power album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie and Spicy Chocolate : The Reggae Power
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2014
SLY AND ROBBIE Dub Sessions 1978-1985 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dub Sessions 1978-1985
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2016
SLY AND ROBBIE Junior Natural + Sly & Robbie : Militant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Junior Natural + Sly & Robbie : Militant
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2017
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie meet Dubmatix : Overdubbed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie meet Dubmatix : Overdubbed
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2018
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvaer : Nordub album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvaer : Nordub
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2018
SLY AND ROBBIE The Final Battle : Sly & Robbie vs. Roots Radics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Final Battle : Sly & Robbie vs. Roots Radics
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2019

SLY AND ROBBIE EPs & splits

SLY AND ROBBIE Sly-Robbie + The Taxi Gang V Purpleman + Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly-Robbie + The Taxi Gang V Purpleman + Friends
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1983

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SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie Presents Mykall Rose  ‎– The Taxi Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie Presents Mykall Rose ‎– The Taxi Sessions
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1995

SLY AND ROBBIE re-issues & compilations

SLY AND ROBBIE Reggae Greats album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reggae Greats
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1984
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie Present... DJ Riot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie Present... DJ Riot
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1990
SLY AND ROBBIE Sly & Robbie Present : Taxi Gang in Discomix Style 1978-1987 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sly & Robbie Present : Taxi Gang in Discomix Style 1978-1987
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2017

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SLY AND ROBBIE Language Barrier

Album · 1985 · Dub/Ska/Reggae
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Matt
In 1985 Island Records released Sly and Robbie’s first foray to be recorded with Reggae placed as an influence and not the major component within the recording by bringing a digitalised funk and Hip Hop sound to the recordings fore front. Looking back today when one listens closely to “Language Barrier” you realise just how far in front of the pack they were running. Afrika Bambaata, had only been known for three years with a complete new genre of music still in its infancy being Rap and Hip Hop which was still facing more criticism than appreciation except within the younger music community and not content with just Afrika Bambaata the imitable Doug E. Fresh with his own sounds being the human beat box even took things to another original level. As well, we had another fairly new artist making quite a name on the scene for himself being the Producer and bassist Bill Laswell who was currently with his band Material back in 1985 bringing already a diverse original anything goes approach with his take on creating modern music. Wally Badarou is also present on synthesizer, Herbie Hancock, Robbie Lyn and Bernie Worrell are also included supplying keyboards and piano. Manu Dibango on sax, Daniel Ponce, congas, Bernard Fowler, backing vocals and vocals, Eddie Martinez, Pat Thrall, Mike Hampton, Mikey Chung and Barry Reynolds all supplied guitar at various stages from Funk, Jazz and Rock and talking about Rock, Bob Dylan even provides harmonica in the album.

During this period Sly and Robbie had not long finished recording Mick Jagger’s solo debut, “She’s The Boss” with Bill Laswell where many of these musicians came into contact. Some of the others had already been playing in the Compass Band which was Island Records studio band for many of their productions during this period with most of the band members originating from Jamacia and a Reggae background. Bob Dylan had not long before had Sly and Robbie provide support for his latest release “Empire Burlesque” with the most memorable song of the album recorded being Bob’s second shot at “When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky” containing Sly’s electric drum kit and Robbie’s beautiful bass line. In addition to all this consorting Bill Laswell with a few of the artists mentioned above had just recorded Manu Dibango’s ,“Electric Africa” bringing Manu along to lend his superb saxophone with that gorgeous tone on various album tracks, found within “Language Barrier”.

Sly’s electronic drums open up with the Funk coming in quick, Manu Dibango’s sax is darting in and out, Wally’s synthesizer is whirling around and Afrika Bambaata are chanting “make em’ move, make em’ move” with additional verse lyrics and with three cracking guitar solos inserted with of course Robbie’s bass lines and the first number “Make Em’ Move” gets the album underway. “No Name On The Bullet” which follows is one rhythm worked over beautifully with Hip Hop added over a dub and an another album highlight which is followed by the Miles Davis composition “Black Satin” aptly named “Miles” within the album’s track listings with more fabulous rhythm employed as the bed rock , two fabulous drum leads from Sly, more Synthesizer and guitar, a keyboard loop that just keeps repeating and one quite distinct take was created. “Bass And Trouble” is the first on the flip with Manu Dibango providing quite a nice solo and input over more electronics used for the rhythm with Doug E. Fresh doing his sound effects, Wally’s synthesizer is back, Mike Hampton is putting in the Funk guitar and Sly and Robbie are once again a stunning back bone to it all. The rhythm just keeps pounding along for the title track “Language Barrier” with Doug back rapping effects and even more funk lines from Mike Hampton’s guitar. Of course funk finishes the album up with quite a catchy “ Get To This, Get To That” and here we get to hear Bernard Fowler singing lead over more of a seventies style take albeit it is laced with electronics.

It did not receive the recognition that this album deserved when it was released garnering quite a mixed reception but if one looks back with today’s view point you will notice these musicians are light years ahead or right on the cusp if you prefer. Myself personally I love the use of the electronic kit that Sly Dunbar played and how he used the full electronic sound with Robbie’s pumping bass providing the support and Bill Laswell’s production. Their next similar album “Rhythm Killers” which garnered a much better reception is perhaps better played and mixed but “Language Barrier” was a more original album and who else would rush in and get that new Rap stuff included, although at this time it was really not all that new for the Rhythm Twins as they had been doing Jamaican Dancehall for around 7 to 8 years by then, “Yep, they were light year s ahead”.

SLY AND ROBBIE Dubrising

Album · 2014 · Dub/Ska/Reggae
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Matt
Last time the Dub was underwater but this year it is rising with the latest Dub offering from the Rhythm Twins. I could go on for hours about these two who have appeared with everybody at some time or the other and if they have not appeared with them then they most likely Produced their album. Still Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare have always kept those Jamaican Roots to the forefront within their own music and releases while still staying contemporary in the genre at the same time. After all it was Sly and Robbie who were the main movers toward digital within the Reggae scene back in the eighties and like it or not it is here to stay with the introduction of Dancehall and Ragga but with “Dubrising” it 100% good old Dub.

Paul “Groucho” Smykle is the man behind the mixing board who has not worked with Sly and Robbie for nearly 30 years when he mixed their two earlier albums “Raiders of the Lost Dub” and “Dub Experience”. The tracks from the album were picked by Groucho using Sly and Robbie’s prior Productions from Horace Andy, Chezidek, Bunny Rugs and Khalifa between 2006 to 2012 bringing quite a modern feel but still staying right at the Old School. The instrumentals were recorded live at two studios in Kingston. Dan Donovan from Big Audio Dynamite added synthesizer and Bunny McKenzie added dread harmonica. No Protools were used as Groucho mixed it live to bring that old feel of how it was done back in those Lee Perry and King Tubby days during the seventies where if things did go wrong, it was start again and not just a quick patch up.

The dubs themselves come through beautifully with a mix of tempos throughout the rhythms used with all the reverb and echo employed and as heard on “Satan Fall” and the 2nd Dub “Freedom Ring”. The synthesizer provides a little more fill bringing a good fresh quality and is quite a nice touch. “Drone Snipers” motors along with a great echo and vocal remnants with the addition of Bunny McKenzie playing his dread harmonica. There are plenty of sound effects with zaps and whirrs layered over great rhythms which keep up a nice rapid tempo for the majority of Dubs that follow. “To The Rescue" is laced with Synthesizer and vocal remnants put to echo, “No Surrender”, “Flame Thrower” with its effects and slightly slower tempo and then to finish the pumping bass of “Double Agent” which comes in last.

Wonderful new Dub album from Sly and Robbie with a wonderful sounding mix from Groucho.

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