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Various Artists / Shatter The Hotel: A Dub Inspired Tribute To Joe Strummer
Album:Shatter The Hotel: A Dub Inspired Tribute To Joe Strummer Collection:Reggae
Artist:Various Artists Added:01/2010
Label:Mojo Brand Records 

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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2010-01-22 
Shatter the Hotel
Reviewed by Sadie O., 1/22/10
“A dub-inspired tribute to Joe Strummer” – now that I think about it, why did it take so long for someone to think of a reggae collection of covers of Strummer’s songs? Some of these were already quite reggae-oriented in the original, some of them were punk. I think this comp was put together in the UK, and there seems to be a British slant, although there are US and JA artists. Lots of great stuff here.
Marginal FCC on track 2. I like 1, 5, 12, and esp. 3 and 13 best.
1. 5:25 ****emphatic midtempo skank, rather slower and bouncier than the original. Don Letts doesn’t have Strummer’s delivery (who does?), but does a credible job and the music is good – esp. the dub. Gets better and better as it goes along.
2. 4:16 FCC? “how to be a dick” **starts with bit of low-key ranting in patois, then downtempo roots skank – much more reggae and less punk than the original. Are any of these the actual lyrics? How could they tell? Fades to random noises about 20 seconds early.
3. 2:52 *****starts with horsehooves 3 seconds late. Then a fine slow dub bubble with lots of echo on the vocals and syndrum. Perfectly off-key.
4. 4:52 ***midtempo club dub, female vocals – very slinky and not like the original (or Rachid Taha’s great cover) at all…
5. 4:04 ****super-cool downtempo dub skank.
6. 3:39 ***announcement intro, downtempo swingy skank. Lots of political ranting – very dark, and in the punk ethos.
7. 3:40 ***antique recording intro, then midtempo bouncy bubble with deep dub. Only scattered vocals, just dubbity dubbity dub.
8. 4:59 ***horn flourishes, downtempo rock steady (not really ska, like the original. Sweet, actually. Twangy guitar solo, then real ska for last 30 seconds.
9. 4:20 **kinda spy movie feel intro, then British-style dancehall and dub skank. The dancehall bits skate a bit close to disco, but the rest of it is nice.
10. 3:58 ***uptempo skank, a bit ska, dubby instrumental.
11. 5:17 **”Watch Out!, then slow minimalist bubble, vocals in working-class British English and Spanglish. Dancehall rap in Spanish.
12. 4:56 ****weebles and squeeps – jaunty midtempo dub. Minimalist but interesting. Nice growly sax solo in last minute or so.
13. 5:41 *****slow dub skank – classic roots dub sound, unusual vocals. Very different from original, but very recognizable – like a cover oughta be.
14. 3:26 **the single (rather than 12” mix) of track 1. The dub part in the second half of track 1 was my favorite bit…

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Dubmatix (Feat. Don Letts & Dan Donovan) London Calling 12" Mix
2.Dub Antenna White Riot
3.Creation Rockers Four Horsemen
4.Nate Wize (Feat. Ammoye) Rock The Casbah
5.John Brown's Body Bankrobber
6.Chomsky Allstars Know Your Rights
7.Wrongtom Meets The Rockers Lost In The Supermarket
8.Dubcats Rudie Can't Fail
9.Citizen Sound (Feat. Prince Blanco) One More Time
10.Infantry Rockers Rebel Waltz
11.O'luge & Kornerstone All-Stars Spanish Bombs
12.Danny Michel Striaght To Hell
13.Creation Rockers Complete Control
14.Dubmatix (Feat. Don Letts) London Calling (Roots Rock Version)