Megawatt Dub

Megawatt Dub

by King Tubby
     
 

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,…  See more details below

Overview

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:
0016351453723
Rank:
332719

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Tubby   Primary Artist
Cedric Myton   Background Vocals
Earl Sixteen   Background Vocals
Boris Gardiner   Bass
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
Steve Mannion   Illustrations

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