Once Upon a Time at King Tubby's

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This strange and fascinating album documents one of the greatest reggae rivalries of all time: the extended duel between deejays Prince Jazzbo and I-Roy, both sides of which were carried out on recordings produced by the always commercially astute Bunny "Striker" Lee. Supported by top-notch rhythms by the Aggrovators and the Revolutionaries, the two chatters swipe at each other over the course of six singles alternated here with dub versions and, strangely, a vocal cut of one rhythm by the great Johnny Clarke as well as a me-too toast by Derrick Morgan. The conventional wisdom is that the ultimate winner of this fight was Lee, who raked in the cash when the record-buying ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This strange and fascinating album documents one of the greatest reggae rivalries of all time: the extended duel between deejays Prince Jazzbo and I-Roy, both sides of which were carried out on recordings produced by the always commercially astute Bunny "Striker" Lee. Supported by top-notch rhythms by the Aggrovators and the Revolutionaries, the two chatters swipe at each other over the course of six singles alternated here with dub versions and, strangely, a vocal cut of one rhythm by the great Johnny Clarke as well as a me-too toast by Derrick Morgan. The conventional wisdom is that the ultimate winner of this fight was Lee, who raked in the cash when the record-buying and radio-listening public got caught up in the fight. But as for the fight itself, it's hard to come away without the clear impression that I-Roy bested Prince Jazzbo hands-down; Jazzbo was a perfectly fine deejay, but while he did come up with the fine couplet "I Roy, you a bwoy/Imitate the great U Roy," his responses tended more along the lines of this lame and shapeless pronouncement: "So you tell the crowd that Prince Jazzbo is very ugly/But if I didn't ugly you wouldn't have the opportunity to call my name in your tune to get promotion." Er.. snap? The real stars here are the rhythms: "Rough Rider" and "Love I Can Feel" both make appearances, and the dub versions are excellent. This compilation is idiosyncratic enough that it will probably be of interest primarily to reggae specialists, but for them it constitutes a handy document of one of reggae's strangest episodes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2009
  • Label: Pressure Sounds
  • UPC: 689492089122
  • Catalog Number: 62
  • Sales rank: 119,151

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Revolutionaries Musician
Ansel Collins Piano, Keyboards
Aston Barrett Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Drums
Lennox Brown Alto Saxophone
Radcliffe Bryan Guitar
Tony Chin Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Carlton "Santa" Davis Drums
Sly Dunbar Drums
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
George Fullwood Bass
Bernard Touter Harvey Organ, Piano
Ossie Hibbert Keyboards
Bunny Lee Interviewee
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Herman Marquis Alto Saxophone
Tommy McCook Tenor Saxophone
Errol Nelson Keyboards
Augustus Pablo Organ, Piano
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Rhythm Guitar
Noel "Scully" Simms Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Ian "Willy" Winter Organ
Roy Reid Interviewee
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson Keyboards
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Bass
Joseph "Jo Jo" Hookim Interviewee
Aggrovator Musician
Ian Winter Organ
Brother Benbow Drums
Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan Guitar
Vincent Gordon Trombone
Technical Credits
I-Roy Arranger, Audio Production
Barnabas Engineer
Derrick Morgan Interviewer
Ernest Hoo Kim Engineer
Bunny Lee Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Author, Audio Production, Photo Courtesy
Peter Weston Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Pete Holdsworth Interviewer
Roy Reid Arranger, Producer
Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock Engineer
David Rodigan Interviewer
Joseph "Jo Jo" Hookim Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Ben Bailey Artwork
Patrick Stokes Cover Design
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