Dennis Bovell

Pressure Sounds * PS39 * 2003

Decibel - More Cuts & Dubs 1976 to 1983

Decibel - More Cuts & Dubs 1976 to 1983

  • The Grunwick Affair Listen
  • Harmoniser Dub
  • Dominion Dub
  • Rowing 12" Version Listen
  • Zombie Zones
  • Zion Dub
  • Higher Ranking
  • Ranking High
  • Scientific
  • Shi-cago
  • None Jah Jah Children (Melodica Version)
  • Uganda Crisis
  • Ah Fi Wi Dis
  • Entebbe
  • Blood Ah Go Run
  • Dub'er

Information

If any one individual can be credited with being the catalyst for English reggae and dub then Dennis Bovell is that man. From the mid seventies onwards he has been at the centre of the English reggae scene. Pressure Sounds have now gathered sixteen of Dennis' must have rare dubs and instrumentals as well as a couple of outstanding vocal tracks on one essential album.

'Decibel' brings together some of his heaviest productions out for the first time since their original release in the mid-seventies on Dennis' 'Rama' and 'More Cut' labels.

Dennis also produced many dub plates and specials that have never been heard outside of sound system dances and several of these dubs are also featured on 'Decibel'.

At the same time as he was producing and playing bass on these records he was doing the same in the band Matumbi and also produced the UK National number one 'Silly Games' by Janet Kay.

Dennis went on to become a much sought after producer outside of the reggae genre and produced the debut albums of both The Slits and The Pop Group. In more recent times he worked with Edwyn Collins on 'Never Known A Girl Like You Before' both producing and playing bass on this hit single. He has always fronted The Dub Band who back LKJ in the studio and live and have remained one of the biggest attractions in reggae. Dennis Bovell has somehow managed to be in the unique position of both a producer outside of the reggae genre and a driving force within it.

The music in 'Decibel' concentrates on Dennis' early output with the emphasis on his 'out there' dub productions. 'The Grunwick Affair' kicks the album off with a full horn section and is as good as anything produced in Jamaica from the same period. UK musicians from Matumbi and Aswad and the Jamaican drummer 'Style' Scott from the Dub Syndicate all appear on the album. 'Harmoniser Dub' with Angus Gaye from Aswad on drums and Dennis playing driving rhythm on bass is a killer. 'Zombie Zones', taken from the rare album 'Audio Active' (where the Japanese band got their name), is as 'thundering' as anything ever released in the UK.

With super rare photos from the period and comprehensive sleevenotes we think you will find this an original and exciting release.

Reviews

DENNIS BOVELL - DECBEL

VINNY, Jul 14, 2003
THIS IS A GREAT ALBUM, BOVELL AT HIS BEST! A TRUE INSARATION OF THE ORIGINAL UK ROOTS AND DUB.
THANKS PRESSURE
ITES!!!

Dennis Bovell — Decibel - More Cuts & Dubs 1976 to 1983

Edwah, Jul 21, 2012
Dennis Bovell is a genius, him been creating great reggae and dub fi years-if u no already have some of his sounds dis is a great place fi start!

Add a review
  • Slim Smith T shirt - I remember Slim SmithSlim Smith T shirtI remember Slim Smith

    I Remember Slim Smith t.shirt on a Earth Positive Continental t.shirt. Light Grey shirt with a Black print. A nice way to remember one Jamaica's greatest vocalists.

    S/M/L/XL
    More info
  • Bunny Lee and Friends - Tape RollingBunny Lee and FriendsTape Rolling

    Silk screen version of the Tape Rolling album only 47 made. Comes with a Litho copy of the album so you get the sleevenotes. A very stush silk screen this one!!
    Comes with a litho copy of the album so you get the sleevenotes.

    2xLP
    More info
  • A5 Slim Smith Card - 'I remember Slim Smith'A5 Slim Smith Card'I remember Slim Smith'

    Slim Smith A5 size Card printed on a quality card in 2 colours Red and Black. Just 70 printed. Looks stunning in a frame. All lovingly silk screen printed by hand.

    Poster
    More info
  • A5 Slim Smith Card - 'I remember Slim Smith'A5 Slim Smith Card'I remember Slim Smith'

    Slim Smith A5 size Card printed on a quality card in 2 colours Blue and Black. Just 70 printed. Looks stunning in a frame. All lovingly silk screen printed by hand.

    Poster
    More info
  • Bunny Lee & Friends  - Tape RollingBunny Lee & Friends Tape Rolling

    In 1971, despite his run of hits, Bunny Lee was still having to support himself with freelance producing at Dynamic Sounds, but by 1974 he was fully independent and poised to dominate Jamaican music in the mid 70’s. The tracks on this compilation capture that moment of transition, when the smaller ghetto producers were taking over from the older musical establishment.
    Listening to Bunny’s unreleased master tapes, what bursts out of the speakers is the energy and excitement of the whole production process, from the studio chatter of the musicians to the sonic experiments at the mixing desk. These pioneering steps in deejaying and dub were the launch pad for remix culture and the core production techniques of today, a creative explosion that altered the shape of our popular culture.

    In the words of I Roy, “Striker Lee, him have the key!

    2xLP/CD
    More info
  • Bunny Lee and Friends  - Tape RollingBunny Lee and Friends Tape Rolling

    Silk screen version of the Tape Rolling album only 33 made. Comes with a Litho copy of the album so you get the sleevenotes. Screeeening target!!!

    2xLP
    More info

More New Arrivals