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King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown

King Tubby

1976

King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown
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King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown is a dub studio album by Augustus Pablo and King Tubby, released in 1976. It features Carlton Barrett on drums, Robbie Shakespeare and Aston Barrett on bass guitar, and Earl "Chinna" Smith on guitar. Pablo produced the album and played melodica, piano, organ and clavinet. The album was recorded at Randy's in Kingston, Jamaica. A distinctly different mix of the title song with vocals and dub, titled "Baby I Love You So", can be found on the Jacob Miller and Augustus Pablo 1975 album, Who Say Jah No Dread. The album has been released on several different labels, often with slightly different artworks and track lists. The album was listed in the 1999 book The Rough Guide: Reggae: 100 Essential CDs.

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3.22

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69

Genres

  • Reggae

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

I'm so glad someone put this on here! There's a handful of reggae albums on the list (mostly Marley), but no dub, which is, I think, a huge musical innovation, and worthy of having at least one album to represent the genre. If there would be a single pick to represent all of dub, this would be a strong contender. Others might be Keith Hudson's "Pick a Dub" or something like Lee Perry's "Blackboard Jungle Dub." Dub is pretty much the birth of the remix, and has been highly influential on the the effects and techniques used in all kinds of music, especially electronica. Dub is also intertwined with the birth of hip-hop. Groundbreaking stuff that deserves more attention. This album is an exquisite example of using the studio as an instrument.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
2

Wasn't really interesting to me. 4/10

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Thu Feb 01 2024
5

SO GOOD. Ordering the vinyl right now. Thanks for adding this.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

Can always use more dub in my life

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Sat Mar 02 2024
5

One of the truly great summer albums, love it

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Mon Jan 29 2024
4

Surprised this also wasn't on the list. I'm always dub-appreciative and this one was a banger, albeit a bit one-note.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
4

I'm glad someone suggested this as Dub is sinfully under-represented in the book. This dates from the mid-70s so the effects are somewhat crude but still very effective today. King Tubby basically invented this genre, putting echoes and reverb into the forefront for a psychedelic effect that would probably best be listened to in a hazy room full of ganga smoke. I also love the drum flourish that introduces almost all of the songs. The highlight for me is King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown which has spectacular reverb action for the drums, melodica and vocals and a remix of Baby I love you so.

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Thu Feb 22 2024
4

Very nice! Excellent groove to the whole thing. 4 stars.

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Fri Mar 15 2024
4

The thing about Dub, is that it is what I think people are actually referring to as music you need to be high to enjoy. While it does need an entry in the list, I just fully don't vibe as strongly as I do to proper Reggae.

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Mon May 20 2024
4

I was previously aware of Dub from various electronic samples here and there, but had never given a full LP a listen until now. Clearly I've been missing out – the warped and twisted alleyways this album took its tracks down was right in my wheelhouse. Loved the ethereal, hazy sense the chopped rhythms and punchy guitars produced, and the vocals wandered in and out to only further the sense of a trip gone horribly right. Big ups for adding this one to the list, I've already come back to this one a few times and see it hitting my heavy rotation.

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Tue Jan 23 2024
3

A dub classic of classics! Shame it was a cold winter day for me... not same vibes as an evening summer in the sun...

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Tue Jan 30 2024
3

Very relaxing music to listen while working. But not exactly some album I would play in my spare time

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Fri Feb 02 2024
3

6/10. Definitely pleasant and mellow. Not something I'd have sought out on my own, but a cool little recommendation.

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Sun Feb 11 2024
3

I thought I liked dub, so was sad to have this largely slide past me. Very soundscapey, which means a revisit is in order. No particular hooks but also no predictable groove.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
3

I don't feel like I have a very knowledgeable or sophisticated ear for dub and reggae but even I can tell this is the real original business of this era. I felt like it lost me in the back half with its many stripped down, mostly instrumental pieces and heavy-handed reverb and delay effects.

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Fri May 17 2024
3

Enjoyable. Chilled. But no a lot going on, really. Undoubtedly listening to the album under influence of something stronger than beer would add a star to the review.

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Fri Mar 15 2024
2

Decent reggae but nothing particularly outstanding in my opinion

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Sat Mar 30 2024
2

Not a reggae fan. Just tooooo samey. 2/5.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
2

Not my genre and frankly not much going on here, sorry.

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Thu May 02 2024
2

Thank you for adding in some dub reggae (as opposed to superstar Marley, Tong, Toots). Not essential, but good to hear and test the bass speakers! First half is entertaining then it gets boring.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
1

Truly sorry, but reggae and dub never have been for me. After one song I am done, especially when there is no vocal to be spotted.

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Wed May 08 2024
1

Who thought there was not enough reggae on list ? Choices like this amazes me 1

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