Dub’s golden age dates from the mid-seventies to the early 1980s, when the genre’s most creative forces were heavily active and the dub album was a widely employed format. Both volumes of Dub Landing clock in at the latter end of the scale, bookending the classic period, representing two of the last great ‘classical’ dub albums ever put together in Jamaica, before the digital form of computerized dancehall delivered a killer blow to the longevity of straight dub albums. Produced by Linval Thompson, mixed by Scientist and released in 1981, Dub Landing Volume 1 starts out deep in premo dub territory, with a mighty powerful dub reformation of Al Campbell’s excellent ‘Unfaithful Children,’ here showcasing Scientist’s exceptional skills of deconstruction and reconstruction, evidencing his untouchable mixing credentials. Believe.
A prime document of the last days of classic dub, Volume 2 of Dub Landing, was originally released in 1982 and features unbelievable dubs from both Scientist and Prince, soon to be King Jammy. Stepping out strong with a typical, elliptical dub of the Viceroy’s ‘I’m Trying On,’ from their wonderful We Must Unite album. Dub Landing 2 recalls the final days of dub glory at King Tubby’s studio, before computer circuitry spelled the death-knell for classical Jamaican dub; listen again and marvel at the dub creativity of Scientist and Prince Jammy. Essential volumes both.