Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown
Genres: World Music, Pop
During the early 1970s, a maverick Jamaican producer known as King Tubby (aka Osbourne Ruddock--he was born in Kingston in 1941) embarked upon a series of pivotal recordings, ultimately creating a reggae offshoot called du... more »
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During the early 1970s, a maverick Jamaican producer known as King Tubby (aka Osbourne Ruddock--he was born in Kingston in 1941) embarked upon a series of pivotal recordings, ultimately creating a reggae offshoot called dub. First, he pared his forces down to a drum kit and bass and slowed the tempo until a bottom-heavy, primal heartbeat emerged. Over this framework, spare vocal and instrumental riffs emerged from layers of echoing reverb and artful distortion, erecting atmospheric soundscapes bound for infinity. This classic album is a primer for how Tubby could harness raw rhythmic power through his subtle, imaginative grasp of texture and dynamics. A potent rhythm team, including Robbie Shakespeare (one half of the famed Sly & Robbie combo) on bass, Earl "Chinna" Smith on guitar, and a rough-and-ready brass section, surrounds the organ-piano and clavinet (mouth-blown keyboard clarinet) of Augustus Pablo with hip, stylish Kingstonian street-bred attitude. --Christina Roden
Great, but the Deluxe version is better
Big Fee Money | San Diego, Cali. | 06/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have the deluxe version, which has four more tracks. These four tracks include two of my personal favourites. Since most places (including amazon) offer the deluxe and regular versions of the album for the same price, why not get the extra four tracks? If you want my rating on this version as it stands it would be a five star rating for sure, but I gave it four because there really isnt a reason not to buy the deluxe version instead."
plum_village | 01/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You can't find a better pairing...King Tubby at the boards and the Rockers supplying the riddims. Music wouldn't be the same without the sounds found in this album."
plum_village | Border to Border | 02/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Think King Tubby should be credited more on this CD; credits were not clear to me; but that is no big drawback, this is 5 star; "This is Augustus Pablo" though, is probably a safer bet, better release however.Augustus Pablos instrument, the melodica; is sort of like a piano and flute combined, bring up, what some might call a middle eastern sound: One won't be dissapointed; on the straight and narrow path, songs with lyrics, known names, Bob Marley, etc. is a safer bet; but apparently, this disc has historical significance and Augustus is a splendid artist with his flute. It might make one think, of the pyramids and palm trees, Robbie Shakespeare and others appear on this disc. If you are in the mood for lyricless reggae, a legend, dub evolution, try this.A lot more reviews here, I moved my review from the deluxe edition over here as well."