Megawatt Dub

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All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
Megawatt Dub matches the work of reggae music's best loved studio pioneers: the Upsetter himself, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and dub organizer Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock for an imaginary dub duel. Accompanied by some of the finest rocksteady
eggae sessionmen of their time including drummer Sly Dunbar, keyboardist Winston Wright, and bassist/guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith, the pair deconstruct the form, fleshing out echo-laden drum and bass, only to strip the mix down to its bare bones once again. Tubby's "versions" come across as more spacious structures when heard next to the slightly clouded fidelity of the Perry tracks on hand. If one were ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
Megawatt Dub matches the work of reggae music's best loved studio pioneers: the Upsetter himself, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and dub organizer Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock for an imaginary dub duel. Accompanied by some of the finest rocksteady
eggae sessionmen of their time including drummer Sly Dunbar, keyboardist Winston Wright, and bassist/guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith, the pair deconstruct the form, fleshing out echo-laden drum and bass, only to strip the mix down to its bare bones once again. Tubby's "versions" come across as more spacious structures when heard next to the slightly clouded fidelity of the Perry tracks on hand. If one were forced to announce a winner, the latter might have the edge, causing more aural confusion on the likes of "Rainy Night" and "Open the Gate" reworking of one-time Congo Watty Burnett's material. More traditional, Tubby sticks to tried and true effects, punctuating drum patterns with echo and reverb rather than cluttering the sound with them. As usual, the faders are worked with the skill of a master. The duo shares compositional credit for the playful whiplash rhythm "Splash Dub." Only the added tracks by "Prince" Phillip Smart recorded at Burnett's studio years later seem unnecessary. Smart began his career as one of Tubby's earliest mixing disciples, making him a witness to the music's formation during the mid-'70s. Unfortunately, his contributions slick, synthesized "versions" of "Copycat" and "Forever" feel lifeless and out of place against the work of his contemporaries. Long out of print until Shanachie packaged these tracks for official release, the rare material makes Megawatt Dub an attractive purchase for avid dub fans. But while the quality is consistent, both producers reached greater sonic heights elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351453723
  • Catalog Number: 45037
  • Sales rank: 150,386

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come by Yah Dub - Now Generation (3:33)
  2. 2 Right Yo Dub - Watty Burnett (2:44)
  3. 3 Perfidia Dub - Now Generation (3:18)
  4. 4 Drifter Dub, Pt. 3 - Now Generation (3:44)
  5. 5 Drifter Dub, Pt. 4 - Now Generation (3:40)
  6. 6 Rainy Night Dub - Watty Burnett (2:32)
  7. 7 Open the Gate Dub - Watty Burnett (3:48)
  8. 8 Rise & Shine Dub - Lee "Scratch" Perry (2:47)
  9. 9 War Dub - Watty Burnett (2:39)
  10. 10 Forever Dub (3:27)
  11. 11 Splash Out Dub - Now Generation (4:20)
  12. 12 Glass House Dub - Lee "Scratch" Perry (2:53)
  13. 13 Copy Cat Dub (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Tubby Primary Artist
Cedric Myton Background Vocals
Earl Sixteen Background Vocals
Boris Gardiner Bass
The Gladiators Background Vocals
Lennox Brown Horn
Watty Burnett Percussion, Background Vocals
Geoffrey Chung Guitar
Mikey Chung Guitar
Val Douglas Bass
Sly Dunbar Drums
Bobby Ellis Horn
Egbert Evans Flute
Felix "Deadly" Headley Horn
Bongo Herman Percussion
Earl Lindo Keyboards
Willie Lindo Guitar
Robert Lyn Keyboards
David Madden Horn
Lee "Scratch" Perry Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith Bass, Guitar
Keith Sterling Keyboards
Winston Wright Keyboards
Billy Johnson Guitar
Mikey Zapow Bass
Now Generation Track Performer
Roydel Johnson Background Vocals
Mikey "Boo" Richards Drums
Technical Credits
King Tubby Engineer
Watty Burnett Producer
Sylvan Morris Engineer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Engineer
Phillip Smart Engineer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Steve Mannion Illustrations
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