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Various - The Hit Sounds of the Dub Pistols at Midnight

  by Daniel Cressey

published: 8 / 7 / 2011

Various - The Hit Sounds of the Dub Pistols at Midnight
Label: Roots Music
Format: CD


Glorious collection of reggae and dub tunes from the Hit Sounds and Midnight Rock labels, compiled together by Dub Pistols front man, Barry Ashworth

Barry Ashworth has taken time off from running the Dub Pistols to throw together this collection of gloriously sweet roots records release. The cumbersome album title references the fact that all the tracks here are drawn from U Brown's 'Hit Sound' records or Jah Thomas's 'Midnight Rock' label. It's one long shift of laid back baselines overlaid with snatches of piano, horns and vocals. George Nooks adds in a great reggae lovers number on 'I've Got To Go' laced between instrumental dub tracks and more dancehall-style numbers. Sugar Minott does a similar up-tempo job on the lovely 'Steal Away Girl'. Ashworth has done a truly sterling job on this compilation, which presents these great tracks in their entirety with (thankfully) no attempt to force them together into a mix. Some of the artists here will be familiar to the casual reggae fan, but a higher number will inspire some searching through the archives to find more. Which is really the best compliment you can pay any compilation. Anyone with even a passing affection for reggae will find their summer soundtrack right here.

Track Listing:-
1 Words Of My Mouth
2 Blow Mr Hornsman Blow
3 African Jump
4 She Afi Come A Me
5 I've Got To Go
6 Rain Dub
7 General 007
8 Movements Of Jah
9 Palaving Spree
10 Steal Away Girl
11 History Of Jamaica
12 Longtime Dub
13 Ready For The Love
14 Ram The Session

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