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Sound System International
     

Sound System International

by King Tubby
 

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Those with a casual interest in dub may find that this recently discovered album sounds a bit raw -- but for aficionados of the genre, it's a treasure trove. It finds a young King Tubby (who would later become dub's most famous and celebrated practitioner) flexing his chops and experimenting with techniques that he would later hone to a razor sharpness: the wholesale

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Those with a casual interest in dub may find that this recently discovered album sounds a bit raw -- but for aficionados of the genre, it's a treasure trove. It finds a young King Tubby (who would later become dub's most famous and celebrated practitioner) flexing his chops and experimenting with techniques that he would later hone to a razor sharpness: the wholesale dropouts with throbbing echo that are in full effect on "Joe"; tastefully selected scraps of vocals that float all over the place on "Kingston Dub Town" (a brilliant and strangely tender dub version of the Lord Creator hit "Kingston Town"); the reductions of backing tracks down to a dry and spare minimum, only to suddenly flower into echo-drenched blooms of sound -- all of these are techniques that Tubby either pioneered or perfected, and it's fascinating to hear them being applied to these late rocksteady and early reggae classics before he was fully in control of them. The appearances by DJ King Stitt are typical of his mid-'70s work (which is to say pretty good, but not great), but on those tracks you can hear Tubby holding back his wilder impulses in order to avoid upstaging the vocalist; where he cuts loose, the results are both rawer and more powerful. This album is ultimately something like a reggae textbook, one that will send the eager student looking for more advanced material.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
Label:
Pressure Sounds
UPC:
0689492092825
catalogNumber:
920928
Rank:
110301

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Performance Credits

King Tubby   Primary Artist
Aubrey Adams   Organ
Gladstone Anderson   Piano
Val Bennett   Tenor Saxophone
Hux Brown   Guitar
Paul Douglas   Drums
Bobby Ellis   Trumpet
Winston Grennan   Drums
Denzel Laing   Percussion
Hugh Malcolm   Drums
Larry McDonald   Percussion
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore   Trumpet
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Winston Wright   Organ
Joe Isaacs   Drums
Carl Bryan   Alto Saxophone
Lorraine "Ronny Bop" Williams   Guitar
Clifton "Jackie" Jackson   Bass
Karl Masters   Trombone
Radford 'Duggie' Bryan   Guitar
Dennis Campbell   Tenor Saxophone
"Deadly" Headley Bennett   Tenor Saxophone
Bryan Atkinson   Bass

Technical Credits

Clancy Eccles   Arranger,Producer
Kevin Metcalfe   Engineer
Sidney Bucknor   Engineer
Harry Wise   Liner Notes

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