Black Dub, Black Dub (2010)
My favourite album from this year was released last year. I got on to it by looking at some YouTube clips, one thing would lead me on to another and then I found Black Dub. I’ve probably said all I needed to say about the album and the players – including offering a bunch of clips – right here. But that was when I had just purchased the files from iTunes. It was a real treat, last week, to find the LP in the store. I had to get it. Before I felt like I had some tracks. Now I have the album. That might seem petty, but it’s psychological. And most importantly it sounds (and looks) magic on the rega. It’s a double LP of three sides. I think it’s the only three-sided vinyl I’ve got actually. I like this. Not the old cut-it-short trick of leaving one or tracks off, this presents the whole album across one and a half LPs. Side 4 has Black Dub etched across it – presumably to remind idiots to not play Side 4. I couldn’t imagine an idiot would ever buy this though. I’ve turned a few people on to this album – but I am not sure this will ever take off big-time. And I like that. Another reason to have the LP. Something to sit and listen to alone. A nice connection with the music. I bought this on Friday. Took it home. Did my chores on Saturday. And then peeled the seal and absolutely blasted the three sides of this album. Extraordinary musicianship, great songs. To me it’s worth owning just for Brian Blade; I try to hear him in whatever context he’s working. He’s been my favourite drummer of recent times. But obviously it’s a stacked deck with four superb players doing the heavy-lifting between them. And I love this record for that fact. So pleased to have the LP to sit down with.
Sample Track: Love Lives
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