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Boomkat Product Review:
The academically presented 'Evolution Of Dub' series reaches the fourth installment with an essential haul of four albums featuring the legendary Joe Gibbs either at, or very close to the mixing desk between 1976 and 1984. The '76 Joe Gibbs & The Professionals LP 'State Of Emergency' has never previously appeared on CD before and is a big highlight of the set, with the group on jaunty form over a selection of infectiously driving steppers rhythms including 'Walls Of Jericho' and 'High Noon'. Their synthetically enhanced '79 classic 'Majestic Dub' marks a point when the Gibbs studio took on some hefty new equipment, including the ridiculous disco-dub oddity 'Ten Commandments' (check this!!!) next to the space-dub synths of 'Social Justice' and the absolute madness of 'Edward The Eight'. The set then moves into the 80's with two seminal albums from Gibbs with Errol Thompson and Sly & Robbie. His rhythm twins album 'Syncopation' from '82 is rightly regarded as one of the very best from their fearsome pile of recordings, made roughly around the same time as their legendary work for Grace Jones' Living My Life' LP. This album is amazing blend of foundational rhythm magic from the pair, plus mesmerizing synthlines, bluesy guitar riffs and seriously cool vibes throughout. The final disc rounds up Chapter Five of Gibbs' crucial 'African Dub' series, taking JA rhythm from African and sending them spaceways with his 1984 array of echoplexes, synths and tape delay units. The clipped drums on 'Long Distance Affair' are giving me mild palpitations right now, and those synth pads on 'Ladies Night Out' or 'Chapter Five', lord a mercy! FAR too much!!! We've got a bit of a thing for 80's digital styles in this office but this collection has just blown the top off it. We urge you to invest in this box without delay if you're into Prince Jazzbo, 80's Jammy's, Zomby and Kode 9 or just like your dub with a healthy amount of silicon, get involved! Immense.