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Raver Reviews: Buy Junior Marvin’s new albums now!

At an age when most are contemplating slowing life down, Junior Marvin, 63, is on the precipice of a very active 2013.  With two albums slated for release on February 6th (not coincidentally Bob Marley’s birthday), and a third in pre-production, plus touring and promotional appearances, Marvin is aimed at bringing his fiery brand of reggae back.  Now over three decades removed from his stint as lead guitar player for Bob Marley and the Wailers, six years since his last studio record, and a year after his split with The Original Wailers, he also has plenty to say about his past, present, and future, as well as that of the music, itself.

You are releasing two albums simultaneously; Smokin’ to the Big M Music and Lion to Zion Dub.  Why two albums at once?
One is a compilation album with a couple of tracks from all the albums I’ve done as a solo artist and as a frontman for the Wailers over the years.  Some of those songs are available on other albums, but it kind of shows my history branching from Band of Gypsys-type rock to Bob Marley-type reggae.  The dub album is from an album I did in 2007 called Wailin’ for Love.  The engineer’s name is Jim Fox.  He is very well known in the dub music category and we decided to do a dub mix of the album.  Dub is pretty new to a lot of people.  It’s not really mainstream, still pretty underground.  I decided to put them out at the same time so people might be able to relate to the songs on the compilation album and see the difference with what is on the dub album.

So you want listeners to compare and contrast the styles?
Exactly.  A lot of people don’t know what dub music is or what it means.  This would be a good idea to get a little history at the same time.

In a review of the Smokin’ record I commented on how reggae is used more as an ingredient than as a main course.  Is that reflective of your many influences?
That’s exactly it.  I grew up in England, although I have Jamaican parents and an uncle who had a Jamaican sound system.  I listened to Elvis, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones.  People like James Brown, T-Bone Walker, Albert King, B.B. King.  Jazz with Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Weather Report.  Lots of different types of music.

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CLICK HERE TO BUY LION TO ZION DUBWISE
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