King Tubby’s Special 1973-1976 (1989)

“This two-disc set brings together some of the finest dub mixes ever produced by the legendary King Tubby. The first disc compiles 13 tracks played by the Observer All Stars and originally produced by Winston ‘Niney’ Holness; the second consists of 17 cuts by the Aggrovators (produced by Bunny Lee) and includes the collection’s title track, a DJ talk-over featuring the great U-Roy. King Tubby’s approach to dub was always distinctive; his mixes are distinguished by a touch that is sweet sounding and endlessly creative, balancing innovation with respect for the original even during the most drastic deconstruction of a song. And unlike some other dub producers, Tubby generally left swatches of the vocal line in place, dropping it in and out of the mix and applying dirty analog echo, sometimes subtly changing the lyrical focus. This collection’s unusually helpful liner notes will assist interested listeners in finding original versions of many of the tracks. A truly essential dub collection.”

“A highly regarded set for old school dub fans in general and King Tubby fans in particular, King Tubby’s Special is a 2-CD set, the first being a re-release of a 1975 Niney the Observer album (name withheld due to the fact that I don’t know it) mixed by Tubby and the second a collection of Bunny Lee productions from 1974 to 1976. The first disc features as its core dubs a few tunes from Dennis Brown, with whom Niney forged his most successful partnership.”
Reggae Reviews

YouTube: King Tubby’s Special 1973-1976 (Full Album / Both Disks) – A1 Rebel Dance A2 Cassanova Dub A3 Silver Bullet A4 Rasta Locks A5 Dubbing With The Observer A6 Sir Nineys Rock B1 Jam Down B2 Parade Dub B3 Youth Man B4 Turntable Dub B5 Corn Man B6 Mister D. Brown Skank B7 Rema Dub C1 King Tubby’s Special Featuring — U-Roy C2 Another Version C3 Straight To Brad’s Head From New York C4 Dancing Version C5 Straight To Trojan Head C6 Straight To The Boy Niney Head C7 Gorgon Speaks Version C8 I Trim The Barber D1 More Warning D2 A Rougher Version D3 Straight To Babylon Boy’s Head D4 Straight To The Capitalist Head D5 Cool Down Version D6 Cool Down Version D7 A Serious Version D8 Crisp Version D9 King Tubby’s Special (Reprise) Featuring — U-Roy


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