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Sound System Dub
Alpha & Omega
Sound System Dub
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Alpha and Omega's Sound System Dub is their first official U.S. release, even though they've had several titles available as imports. Purveyors of the dub/reggae style, the duo effortlessly composes meditative tunes that b...  more »

      
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All Artists: Alpha & Omega
Title: Sound System Dub
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Roir Records
Original Release Date: 10/4/1995
Re-Release Date: 10/17/1995
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 053436821626

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Album Description
Alpha and Omega's Sound System Dub is their first official U.S. release, even though they've had several titles available as imports. Purveyors of the dub/reggae style, the duo effortlessly composes meditative tunes that both relax and comfort the listener. This is especially evident on Sound System Dub, with all of the tracks being remixed versions of songs selected from their seven prior releases. Highlights include the previously unreleased "Africa/Ethiopa," as well as the liquid sounding-dubs "Who Is the Ruler" (which includes vocals from Woodbridge), the repetitive bass of "Sharu Att Our Aunt," the ethereal "Dub Flute," and the album's opener, "Rastafari." Sound System Dub serves as the perfect introduction to new fans since this is a 'best of" of sorts, and because these tracks are all worthwhile newly-remixed versions, this album also does a good job of appealing to longtime fans. For fans of expertly-crafted, inventive reggae, Alpha and Omega's Sound System Dub is highly recommended. ? Greg Prato, All Music Guide
 

CD Reviews

Heavy, roots reggae/dub with a far-eastern spiritual vibe.
12/11/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being a roots reggae fan in the 90's hasn't been easy; with the overwhelming majority of new releases being digitally-insturmented dancehall, bordering on incomprehensible Jamaican-style rap. True roots fans have had to rely on the trickle of re-issues to get their dose of real roots reggae. However, where Jamaica left off in the mid-eighties, Britain's sound-systems have been picking-up. Artists like Jah Shaka, The Disciples and Zion Train have been pumping base-driven, roots-laiden vibes in England's dancehalls. However, although, Reggae has once again found it's roots, digitalized insturments have for the most part remained, leaving the sound "rootsy," but feeling mechanical and soulless--All that is, except for Alpha & Omega, whose Sound System Dub is a prime example of what they do-- and do well. This CD contains heavy remixes of previously-issued material available only on British import, for the listening pleasure of the rest of the world. The driving force of the Alpha & Omega sound is Christine Woodbridge on Bass, played deep and heavy, with etheral, dubbed-out melodica-infused music interspersed with vocalists to create a vibe that is sweetly spiritual, rich in roots, and heavy on the groove. For all you bored roots fans who have been looking for something alive and new-- this one's for you!"
Dubroom Review
Messian Dread | Drachten, Fryslan Netherlands | 09/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Alpha and Omega can be considered among the leading figures of the now generation of Dub creators. King Tubby, unfortunatly he left us, has discovered dub, and passed it on to his protegee, Prince (now King) Jammy. Scientist and Mad Professor made the vibe gone even more mad, and now we have Jah Warrior, Rootsman, The Revolutionairy Dub Warriors, Messian Dread and Alpha And Omega. This duo, consisting of a female bass player and a male drummer do everything themselves. Playing, mixing. Although they have released several albums, this is their first international release with a 15 track selection of their earlier work and some previously unreleased. The nice thing is that all the tracks are re-mixed especially for this compilation. This album is a good representation of the early work of Alpha and Omega. It will give you a chance to dig their sound to the fulness. Because there is a typical Alpha and Omega sound for sure. The sistren lays some down some heavy monotonic and hypnotic basslines, where the brethren puts down some heavy steppers and two drop rhythms. Think over this a melodica and spaced out echo's and you have pretty much the sound of Alpha and Omega."