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Default Bob Marley - Dreams of Freedom Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub (1997)



Bob Marley - Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub (1997)
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Reggae, Electronic, Dub, Ambient | Label: Axiom, Island | # 314-524 419-2 | 01:06:48

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.

I remember ignoring this album when it was originally released because the thought of an ambient Marley record sounded lame. What a terrible mistake on my part! This CD just flattened me! There's a lot more going on than just a typical dub remix so some purists may not dig it, but if you appreciate ambient and good dub this is all you. I can't believe how well these songs work in this context (with the possible exception of No Woman No Cry; it's good but not great.) This is a sweet record to chill out to or to put on when you want the mood laid back. It sounds cool in the headphones but in a good system with big bass it really opens up. Bass players take heed: Aston "Family Man" Barrett will take you to school and in this dubbed out mix he's never been more up front. Listen and learn.

I was concerned that this was just an excuse to use the Marley name but it was obviously done with the love and respect that the music and Marley's spirituality deserves. Praise to Bill Laswell for doing it right. Wish I'd caught on sooner, but better late than never.

Tracklist:

01. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock) (10:19)
02. No Woman No Cry (04:11)
03. The Heathen (08:37)
04. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) (05:58)
05. Waiting in Vain (04:39)
06. So Much Trouble in the World (04:50)
07. Exodus (08:57)
08. Burnin' & Lootin' (04:10)
09. Is This Love (04:31)
10. One Love (People Get Ready) (04:13)
11. Midnight Ravers (06:19)


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