King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown [Bonus Tracks]

King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown [Bonus Tracks]

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by Augustus Pablo
     
 

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The late mixologist King Tubby is largely hailed as the "Father of Dub" -- the stripped-down sound that gets pumped up by studio wizardry -- while Augustus Pablo is one of reggae's studio princes. His use of clavinet, melodica, piano, organ, and percussive instruments revolutionized the approach to recording dub. KING TUBBY MEETS ROCKERS UPTOWN is a classic early '70s… See more details below

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The late mixologist King Tubby is largely hailed as the "Father of Dub" -- the stripped-down sound that gets pumped up by studio wizardry -- while Augustus Pablo is one of reggae's studio princes. His use of clavinet, melodica, piano, organ, and percussive instruments revolutionized the approach to recording dub. KING TUBBY MEETS ROCKERS UPTOWN is a classic early '70s collaboration by these two giants of reggae and serves as a prototype for dub enthusiasts and students of the art form. Tubby and Pablo's treatment of popular classics (now rearranged on the CD version) is appealing and innovative. Assisting in creating the masterpiece are Robbie Shakespeare of the now famous dynamic drum and bass duo Sly and Robbie (who shares bass credits with who Wailers originals Aston "Family Man" Barrett and his brother, Carlton "Carlie" Barrett, lends a hand on drums) and Earl "Chinna" Smith on guitar. A rare classic.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If you had to pick one album that best represents the pinnacle of the art of dub, you'd cull the candidates down pretty quickly to ten or 12, and it would get very difficult after that. Few would fault you for ending up with this one, though, which stands as perhaps the finest collaboration between two of instrumental reggae's leading lights: producer and melodica player Augustus Pablo and legendary dub pioneer King Tubby. Among other gems, this album offers its title track -- a dub version of Jacob Miller's "Baby I Love You So" -- which is widely regarded as the finest example of dub ever recorded. But the rest of the album is hardly less impressive. "Each One Dub," another cut on a Jacob Miller rhythm, possesses the same dark and mystical ambience, if not quite the same emotional energy, as "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown," and the version of the epochal "Satta Massaganna" that closes the album is another solid winner. Pablo's trademark "Far East" sound (characterized by minor keys and prominent melodica lines) is predominant throughout, and is treated with care and grace by King Tubby, who has rarely sounded more inspired in his studio manipulations than he does here. Absolutely essential. [Added to the 2004 reissue of the album are four bonus tracks taken from Jamaican singles and are based around tracks on the Rockers Uptown rhythms: "Black Gunn" is a version of "Keep On Dubbing," "1 Ruthland Close" is a different take on "555 Dub St.", "1-2-3 Version" is a re-working of the record's title track and "Silent Satta" is a version of "Satta Dub."]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351455925
catalogNumber:
45059
Rank:
32051

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Tracks

  1. Keep on Dubbing  - Augustus Pablo
  2. Stop Them Jah  - Augustus Pablo
  3. Young Generation Dub  - Augustus Pablo
  4. Each One Dub  - Augustus Pablo
  5. 555 Dub St.  - Augustus Pablo
  6. Brace's Tower Dub  - Augustus Pablo
  7. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown  - Augustus Pablo
  8. Brace's Tower Dub, No. 2  - Augustus Pablo
  9. Corner Crew Dub  - Augustus Pablo
  10. Skanking Dub  - Augustus Pablo
  11. Frozen Dub  - Augustus Pablo
  12. Satta Dub  - Augustus Pablo
  13. Black Gunn  - Augustus Pablo
  14. 1 Ruthland Close  - Augustus Pablo
  15. 1-2-3 Version  - Augustus Pablo
  16. Silent Satta  - Augustus Pablo

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