So, I put together this playlist to highlight some of my favorite Reggae songs that have a cool Dub version, whether obscure or well-known. Click here to listen to part 1 of these “Dubby Partners.” Enjoy…
Listen to these Reggae classics & their counterparts in Dub…
Roots Reggae Classics & Their Dub Reggae Songs
Miller recorded other classic Reggae songs for Pablo too — “False Rasta,” “Who Say Jah No Dread,” “Each One Teach One,” and “Girl Named Pat” — each of which became a Rockers classic with King Tubby dubs on their b-sides. These singles developed Miller’s reputation as a great singer, and their success ultimately drew Inner Circle to hire him as lead singer. Miller had great success with Inner Circle before a tragic death in a car accident in Jamaica at 27.
Delroy Wilson is my favorite voice in Reggae music. His remarkable Reggae record, Sarge, provides “Ain’t That Loving You,” as well as many other Jamaican music classics. Tommy McCook gives us a little “Love Dub” to make this tune extra awesome.
I always enjoy Reggae versions of American Soul music classics. Horace Andy’s cover version of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” is almost as well known as the original. Augustus Pablo, being one of Jamaica’s most prolific Dub masters, appears again with “Thunder Clap,” the Dub version of this song from his Original Rockers record.
“Money In My Pocket” was one of the biggest hits for The Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Brown. His lovely voice, and lovers’ style made him one of the best ever singers in Jamaican music. Joe Gibbs provides the Dub action.
Dawn Penn’s “You Don’t Love Me (No,No,No)” is one of the most famous Reggae party songs. But, most people haven’t heard Joe Gibbs’ “Behind Iron Bars” Dub version. It takes the smooth, groovy horn line from the original and turns it into a hard Reggae instrumental track.
The Mighty Diamonds’ “Pass The Kutchie” is a favorite 420 Reggae song for stoners worldwide. Now dig its dope Dub version, “The Day After,” by Joe Gibbs.
Johnny Clarke takes another old-school Soul song, “Tears On My Pillow,” and turns it into a sensational Reggae cover song. The Aggrovators made the spine-tingling Dub version.
Michael Prophet’s “Sweet Loving” is one of the grooviest Reggae tunes ever made! You may have heard it first as Scientist’s “Ghost of Frankenstein.” Listen to them both together in this Spotify playlist for maximum effect.
The first time I ever heard “Armagideon Time” was in 8th grade on the Clash album, Black Market Clash, which I imagine was the first taste of Dub for 1000s of other Northern white people too. That sound blew my mind!
Little did I know at the time the Clash were covering Willie Williams’ Reggae song. Scientist does a dope Dub version with “Time Is Cold.”
Dean Fraser will have you skankin’ with “Heavenless.” Dennis Brown appears again, taking the “Heavenless” riddim for a spin on “Your Love Gotta Hold On Me.” Joe Gibbs dubs it out on “Full Moon in Sky”. And then, Johnny Osbourne takes the same riddim, and makes it into the Dancehall classic, “In The Ghetto Tonight.”