Blackbeard - I Wah Dub (Vinyl)

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Born in Barbados in 1953, reggae guitarist Dennis Bovell (aka Blackbeard) was one of the key figures on the London reggae scene of the late '70s and early '80s, not only as a solo artist but also as a producer. I Wah Dub was released in 1980, carrying on Bovell's eclectic sensibilities and is an example of a classic British dub album which has long since been out of print on vinyl although it was remastered and reissued on CD and released on Zonophone in 2003.


A girlfriend of short duration made me listen to this as a condition of a good shag. The shag although it dragged on for four years, was forgettable, my performance and behaviour was sub zero, but the music is in the control of a master dubber and remains in my collection. Other than tracks from Matumbi, I have found Dennis Bovell hard going. I have liked what he has created for others but his solo stuff like "Brain Damage" tends to be uninspiring. But "I Wah Dub"-now on vinyl, remains a cruisey, interesting mix of sound and styles from the opening surge of "Electrocharge" to the easy skanking "Steadie". The toilet emptying of drums and melodica of "Blaubert", it takes you on a satisfying musical trip. Highly recommended for lovers of British eighties reggae.

By: Belgo Geordie

A1 Electrocharge
A2 Steadie
A3 Jazzz
A4 Reflections
B1 Blaubart
B2 Oohkno
B3 'nough
B4 Binoculars

Record Store Day release, June 2021.

Originally ℗ 1980, remaster ℗ 2003 is owned More Cut Records, under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd.
© 2021 Parlophone Records Ltd.

Includes a printed inner sleeve.