Label: Studio 16 - WE 101 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: UK • Genre: Reggae • Style: Dub
This laboured analogy is how I feel about a lot of music; analyse it too much and the magic disappears. Pre-digital age there was often a famine of information about many artists; each new morsel could sustain you for weeks.
These days I have become over-faced with the quantity of detail about everything. There are no books or Anthony Johnson - Baby Loving about him, his wikipedia entry is copied from blog to website and back again. A few radio obituary shows exist, and he has left one of the most confusing back catalogues of recordings ever.
In short, Bob Marley - edition ultime has a magical legacy. In the late s he worked as a radio repairman. His skills soon led to him establishing a hi-fi repair, hi-fi and amplifier building workshop. His experimentation with echo, reverb, fading and dropping the vocal from recordings was popular and critical in forming the dub versions.
The versions were initially used as B-sides to singles and allowed different vocals to be put over the music either on record or at concerts. He understood music and the technology. His mixes are stark and minimal with a lo-fi feel. The atmosphere is smoky but always rhythmic. The dub is often reliant on a heavy deep bass or chugging rhythm, massively separated by a trebly high-hat cymbal allowing a great deal of space for the tune; fading, echoing and reverbing inbetween the top and bottom channels.
The tracks I have picked for the playlist come from great singles, compilations and albums; excellent songs played by talented musicians and then given the Tubby mix. This is also the case for the mixer. In Dub From The RootsTubby emphasises the importance of the mix by isolating parts of the music and then twisting these into new sounds with delay, fade and reverb. Initially, only copies were pressed, reissues have changed the track order, the mixes and Blood Of Africa - King Tubby Meets The Upsetter - At The Grass Roots Of Dub titles but the magic is still there.
The finished work would have his name attached to the album as a quality standard. The whole album is stunning. The overall feel is dreamy. It seemed light and had real vocals. A week later I wondered what tune I had been humming relentlessly, and realised it was Natty Dread. Originally pressed in a tiny quantity in the late s the CD of this album was released in The B-side has Tubby stripping much of the vocal and trumpets away, bringing the bass forward and sprinkling a little magic over the funky bass riff.
Big Youth Fights Against Capitalist is another interesting hybrid of tracks and ideas. The riddim is also used by Prince Far I in Ejarsa Goraas though the music has become associated with protest songs. King Tubby Meets Roots Radics is another good pairing. The Dangerous Dub album ticks along like clockwork, you can almost wind it up, and watch it spiral off into the distance. The record alternates one track by Scientist and one track by Tubby.
This album is a tribute to the master with his first pupil. The dubs were recorded in the 70s and released as a compilation of work in King Tubby was shot dead outside his home, late on the night of 6th February The motivation seems to have been Baby Baby - Various - Johny Super Dance Hits -19- more than petty thieving.
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