Prince Buster – The Message Dubwise (1972)

“On an island overflowing with exceptional talent on both sides of the mixing board, to suggest that just one man was the most influential is perhaps absurd, but if you took a poll, Prince Buster would inevitably win by a wide margin. He remains synonymous with ska, while being equally important to rocksteady. From Judge Dread to rude reggae, Prince Buster has left his imprint across Jamaica’s musical landscape, both as a singer and a producer. 2-Tone wouldn’t have existed without him, and by extension, neither would the third wave. And over 45 years after he first appeared on the music scene, Prince Buster was still making an impact. …”
Zero Sounds

“If anything could be said to have assured the future of dub, it was the decision to release full-length albums dedicated exclusively to the nascent genre. The first began appearing in 1972, with Prince Buster’s Message Dubwise among these originating sets. Mixed down by Carlton Lee, the highly innovative ten-track strong album highlights Buster’s strengths as a producer, as well as his distinctive style. And although some of the dubs are invariably bass led, including the title track and the bouncy ‘Jet Black,’ Buster was drum mad, and so the percussion is often pulled to the fore, notably on the crash, bang, wallop of ‘Why Am I Treated So Bad’ and the nyahbinghi-fied ‘Sata a Miss Gana,’ one of the most evocative numbers on the set. …”

YouTube: SATA A MASA GANA, Java Plus, Swing Low, Why Am I Treated So Bad, Swing Low


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