It would seem that whenever I choose to work out in the gym (which is quite rare these days) I’m always challenged with the issue about what I will listen to; usually it is a decision between Tool, Pantera, or some metal mix that seems appropriate. Yet last night I decided to go past the normal flavor and explore the other 400 albums on my iPod. I had forgotten about a lost gem of an album by the now defunct Long Beach All Stars entitled Right Back released in 1999.
With the death of Sublime’s vocalist Brad Nowell in 1996 bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh decided to pursue other musical ventures thus founding The Long Beach Dub All Stars along with free form guest artists, a horn section, and a DJ. The debut album Right Back was a refreshing sound that resonated with a culmination of reggae, hardcore, dub, and hiphop. If you are a Sublime fan, this album is a nice continuation of where Sublime left off, minus the vocals of Nowell, it is consistent with the tempo’s and rhythm’s of the Sublime sound.
The beginning of the album starts off with Righteous Dub, a nice dub song to ease one into the album on a mellow but upbeat note. Songs like Rosarito , My New Life, and Like a Dog resonate pure Sublime and provide some clarity that the bands unique sound did not die with Nowell. The lead singer of the band Bad Brains (Hr) makes a cameo on the song New Sun and does a nice job adding a hardcore/reggae type funk and tempo to the album.
Although I’m not the biggest fan of rap I have been drawn back several times to the song Kick Me Down which features a great beat and great vocals. Perhaps that is why I like this album so much, the variety of different angles the album provides. Most albums today, in my opinion, songs are often to repetative and monotonous in their style and sound, yes the album might be good, but the songs are begin to sound the same and that is where I begin to lose interest.
Right Back is a fun album that seems to be an amalgum of styles that keeps the listener wondering what the next song will be, I like that.
Several albums followed after 1999′s Right Back, they are Wonders Of The World (2001), and Sunny Hours (2002).
Sadly, The Long Beach Dub All Stars broke up officially in 2002, but members continued until 2007 under the name Long Beach Shortbus.
The Long Beach All Stars album Right Back gets 4.5 out of 5 stars.