UK dub pioneers Zion Train has been active on the reggae scene for more than 20 years. The outfit – with front man Neil Perch – begun as a sound system and has since then fused reggae and dub with a variety of different genres, including electronica and world music. They have of course also released straight reggae and dub tunes.
The recently released Zion Train two CD retrospective Dub Revolutionaries collects 24 tunes, and includes vinyl-only rarities and a previously unreleased radio session for John Peel.
The compilation starts off with their first single Dub Power released in 1991 and ends with a Professor Skank remix put out in 2009.
The majority of the tracks is in the reggae and dub vein. And these tunes are also the ones that suit my taste best. The ones influenced by electronica haven’t aged as well and might have sounded better when they were released.
I’m not sure that this is a best of album. Dub Revolutionaries is for me a varied introduction to Zion Train and their music.
However, whether it’s a best of album or not is the listener’s decision to make. These 24 tunes might not be my favorites, but the material certainly shows what a great genre reggae is for blending with other styles and influences.