Once Upon a Time at King Tubby's

Once Upon a Time at King Tubby's


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Once Upon a Time at King Tubby's

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2009
Label: Pressure Sounds
UPC: 0689492089122
catalogNumber: 62
Rank: 147093

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
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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