Archive for King Tubby

Earl Zero – Righteous Works b/w Righteous Dub (1979)

Posted in King Tubby with tags on June 14, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“A construction job can lead to anything. In Kingston 13, Jamaica, ‘anything’ might include a studio session, if you happen to have the right boss. ‘I knew my boss had an ear for music,’ explained Earl Zero, then just twenty-two years old. ‘One day, I started to sing the first lyrics to ‘Righteous Works.’ That night he asked me to sing it for him again, and I did. I convinced him to get some studio time, so we went to Channel One and recorded it.’ Thus spawned the recording career of one of reggae’s most prolific vocalists. Now, nearly thirty years later, Wax Poetics Records is proud to reissue two of Zero’s most popular recordings, ‘Righteous Works’ and ‘Hearts Desire,’ both presented in discomix fashion, achieved by blending a psychedelic dub version seamlessly with the vocal. The single, ‘Righteous Works,’ is drenched in Rasta consciousness and rife with social commentary. ‘Heart’s Desire,’ recorded with producer Alan ‘Jah Wally’ Campbell, is a softer, more melodic complimentto the roots-heavy fare on the A-side.”
Wax Poetics
YouTube: Righteous Works b/w Righteous Dub

King Tubby & Clancy All Stars – Sound System International Dub (1976)

Posted in King Stitt, King Tubby with tags , on May 25, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage


“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. …”
allmusic
Pressure
YouTube: Sound System International Dub LP 43:04

Niney the Observer – At King Tubby’s: Dub Plate Specials 1973-1975

Posted in Dub, King Tubby, Niney the Observer with tags , , on February 15, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Reggae producer Niney the Observer was one of the key figures in Jamaican music during the wildly fruitful period in the ’70s that gave birth to many of reggae’s classic albums. Niney (nicknamed thusly after losing one of his fingers) worked with everyone of note in his day, engineering sessions for Bunny Lee and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry as well as producing some intense dubs at King Tubby’s studio. Some of the best results of Niney’s time at Tubby’s studio are represented here, with drastically alternate mixes to some of his best-known hits. From the start of the collection, signature sounds of Tubby’s dubs infiltrate the mixes. The studio’s brand is all over Dub Plate Specials 1973-1975, from the echo-saturated tape delay of ‘Set Dub Free’ to the minimalist deconstruction of the bass-heavy ‘Tenement Dub.'”
allmusic
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YouTube: At King Tubby’s Dub Plate Specials 1973-1975 39:47
YouTube: Set Dub Free, Dub Born Free

Dub Kings – King Jammy At King Tubby’s (2011)

Posted in Dub, King Jammy, King Tubby with tags , , on December 9, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Climbing in distinction from merely Prince Jammy to King Jammy, this student of King Tubby started out as Lloyd James, learning the tricks of dub production from one of the masters over the course of working on countless reggae productions throughout the ’70s. Dub Kings collects some of Jammy’s standout mixes, rugged rocksteady rhythms with a focus on sharp horn sections, especially notable on cuts like ‘Wreaking Dub’ and ‘Pride and Ambition Dub.’ These 18 tracks were all engineered at King Tubby’s studio by King Jammy in the late ’70s, and have an especially swimmy quality to them, awash in the type of echo trails, reverb, and generous negative space that made the sounds coming out of Tubby’s studio worthy of royalty.”
allmusic
“2011 release. Two ‘Kings’ for the price of one!, King Tubby the master of the dub cut, has had many protégés that trained and worked with him over the years, as his services became more and more in-demand. Producer Scientist, singer Pat Kelly, Prince Phillip Smart, etc., all served their time at King Tubby’s studio at his home on 18 Drummile Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica. But the person who would take his production skills on to another level and had cut his musical teeth with Tubby was Prince Jammy, who would soon be renamed King Jammy. King Tubby’s (b. Osbourne Ruddock, 1941, Kingston, Jamaica) fascination with all things electronic grew out of working and repairing radios and TV sets. This would eventually lead to working with amplifiers and the lucrative work of winding transistors, a job that was much in-demand in Jamaica and work that Tubby carried on with throughout his career. This knowledge of the way sound/music was made and transferred, Tubby would adapt into groundbreaking ideas, like removing various parts of the recordings: for example, the vocals and distorting elements of the sound like the bass line or drums and adding delays and echo to enhance and reshape the song. …”
Forced Exposure
YouTube: Dub Kings – King Jammy At King Tubby’s

King Tubby meets Larry Marshall – I admire you in dub (2000)

Posted in Coxsone Dodd, Dub, King Tubby, Larry Marshal with tags , , , on October 24, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Larry Marshal, born 1941, St. Anns, Jamaica, had his greatest successes recording for Coxsone Dodd. He worked as an engineer in Coxsone’s studios and was able to voice a string of outstanding singles, sampled on the excellent ‘Presenting Larry Marshall’. In the mid 70s he produced his own album ‘I Admire You’, which enjoyed memorable success. In the 90s HeartBeat re-released the album with added bonus cuts. Although he occasionally releases an album, he’s best remembered for his work in the 70s. … Motion Records has added some fine bonus tracks and I just love the album ! Snatches of Larry Marshall’s voice are included in a lot of dubs. These dubs are largely gimmick-free, placing an emphasis on the tightness and solidity of their musical core; the transforming power of dub’s re-organisation ultimately highlights the weighty expressiveness of the songs’ wordless melody and rhythm. The tracks were actually mixed by several engineers : King Tubby, Philip Smart, Pat Kelly and Professor.  The ‘I Admire Album’ was originally released in small quantities by Larry Marshall in Jamaica and the UK on the Java label in 1975. Some tunes on the album were previously released singles on the Carl Patterson Black And White label, both with dub versions by King Tubby. The album was a collection of finely crafted songs with attentive musical arrangements and superb vocal deliveries – a nicely balanced mixture of ballads and reality songs. Musicians on board include : Lloyd Parks, Family Man, Flabba Holt, Ranchie McLean, Douggie Bryan, Peter Tosh, Chinna Smith, Willie Lindo, Sly Dunbar, Carlton Barrett, Bongo Herman and Bobby Kalphat.”
Reggae Vibes
YouTube: I admire you in dub

King Tubby’s – Soundclash Dubplate Style LP

Posted in King Tubby with tags on September 5, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“… After the studio-producer Professor went to the USA to study electronics and computer Peego and Fatman followed and a man named Phantom, who built riddims at Channel One before. The sound they created is – especially from today’s point of view – a completely new dimension of reggae and dub: it’s 100% bone-dry digital music (due to the sound of the machines used for production) but it’s also a pure, hypnotical and new form of dub, a paradox really. It took a while for me to like that special sound, but then the tracks are made to play them loud at sound systems and when I heard ‘SOUNDCLASH DUBPLATE STYLE’, THE classic digital King Tubby-LP, loud it got to me. The bass is extremely powerful and kicking while the drums gain a completely new quality, simply because they all of a sudden were not shuffling anymore but set straight to a beat grid. …”
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YouTube: King Tubbys Presents Soundclash Dubplate Style, King Tubbys – Lick Shot Dub, King Tubby’s – Kill-A-Pan

Dennis Brown ‎– Bubbling Fountain (Love Jah) (1980)

Posted in Dennis Brown, Dub, King Tubby, The Revolutionaries with tags , , , on July 22, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“BIG BIG Heavy roots steppers cut from Dennis Brown, first time issue on a 12″ only found on his ‘Spellbound’ album from 1980. Big plays from Shaka check the b-side for unreleased dubs. Comes with company sleeve and pressed very loud for maximum pleasure….”
Sounds of the Universe
Discogs
YouTube: Bubbling Fountain (Love Jah)