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King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown

Augustus Pablo Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Aug 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rockers Internatinal
  • ASIN: B000025AVX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Keep on Dubbing
2. Stop Them Jah
3. Young Generation Dub
4. Each One Dub
5. 555 Dub Street
6. Brace's Tower Dub
7. King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown
8. Corner Crew Dub
9. Say So
10. Skanking Dub
11. Frozen Dub

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An undeniable classic, this 1977 set saw Pablo--the famous melodica virtuoso, who died in late 1999--join forces with the producer who, in the minds of many, pioneered the entire sound of dub reggae. Pablo had himself favoured what came to be known as "the Far East sound"--a spooky, almost Oriental mixture of echoing melodica, distant vocals and booming bass--and like Vivian Jackson and Lee Perry, had employed King Tubby to mix his productions; Tubby's studio left a discernible impression upon his music, and led, in 1976, to the release of this album, a stunning collection of B-side mixes which both confirmed and extended both artists' reputations. As an example of mid-'70s Jamaican dub, Rockers Uptown is peerless--with tracks like "Frozen Dub" and "Stop Them Jah" evincing all the spatially-conscious production techniques (not to mention Pablo's sublime playing) for which he's esteemed. A must-have, for any serious fan of the genre. --Andrew McGuire

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Dub Album Ever? 24 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Originally released through Pablo's own Rockers imprint, this album is often feted as the greatest ever dub album release, and on first listening it is hard to disagree. Pablo is the greatest exponent of the melodica, an underrated instrument which sounds so good through an echo chamber and reverb unit, and he certainly knew how to produce a sound which gave prominence to his playing. The famous Rockers style of Sly and Robbie captivates you from the off, as you embark on a lesson in dub reggae from the master himself, the late, great Osbourne Ruddock. Every track is outstanding, but a special mention to the title track, the first dub A-side to be released in the UK in 1977, when it reached the Top 40. Other highlights include a superlative version of the Abyssinians' classic riddim, Satta Massa Gana. The subtle use of Jacob Miller's vocals in tracks such as Each One Dub complement the wild drum and bass section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, which all adds up to an essential chapter in the history of music. No record collection is complete without this awe-inspiring set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star record, but what is going on? 31 Aug 2010
By Mr. Dc Fowler VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely no doubt this is one funky mother. BUT there are no liner notes or acknowledgement of who is playing. The CD sounds as if it is recorded off vinyl (and this isn't the first time. I have a Thelonious Monk CD that sounds like it's recorded off old 78s!). There are telltale clicks in a couple of places and there are wobbly passages (it used to be called wow in the bad old days)towards the end of the record - unless my CD player or my ears are at fault. Also the insert looks photocopied. I bought this as a replacement for my original CD which I couldn't find after telling a mate what a good record it was. So if the first CD ever turns up again I am going to compare the two. The record company is based in Canada, for licensing reasons? What is Amazon's policy on this sort of thing? Can Amazon check if the packaging matches the original and the provenance of the source?

A fine original record but I am not very happy with the physical product from Canada.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dub Like Crazy! 23 Nov 2009
By Lord
Format:Audio CD
Listen here: it is an established fact that this is the second record you should own (after that horrible novelty record your parents bought you when you were about eight!). After that you can fiddle about with Bullets for My Valentine, Apex Twin, Sonic Youth or whatever else you need to establish your tribal identity. I cannot offer, and defer to, the detailed knowledge shown by the other reviewers here but can only try to transmit a tiny bit of the excitement of this release. In the summer of 1977 I was living in Hackney and this was ubiquitous; it seemed be coming from every house and car on a loop. Though dub was more than well established in Jamaica, with versions often becoming more popular than the originals this was arguably the record that broke it to a larger audience in the UK. Certainly to me, a white middle-class male weaned on the Floyd & Led Zep it seemed that the word was new minted. It was also year Zero on the Kings Road, and apparently the Punks were also listening to this record but that's another, longer story.

I've had a number of copies of this, some terrible sounding neo-bootlegs (though bought in Virgin). Each one, however bad, has given me unalloyed pleasure. As it has to everyone else I've played it to, whether at a party or ferrying kids around in the car. So do yourself a favour - buy it now if you don't know it; so much pleasure for no more than the price of a couple of beers. (Except take care; it may lead on to an expensive Tubby/Channel One/Black Ark habit as it did for me!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Facts 20 Aug 2009
By Eric
Format:Audio CD
As apparent to anyone except for those absolutely new to reggae, reviewer A Customer is a bit hit and miss about his facts. Long gone Black Music Magazine (UK) reviewed the US release (on Clocktower) in September 1977, calling it a second chance to grab the dub LP. It had previously been available on a blank label pre import (into Europe, in late 1976), which a buddy of mine picked up. Thus, an initial release on the Rockers label looks like mere guesswork on the part of the reviewer. (Hell, even Amazon manages to place its initial release in both '76 and '77 in the same text!)

From knowing Pablo's label was named Rockers it is perhaps easy to conclude that Sly & Robbie played on this set of tracks since this duo spearheaded the fast and furious rockers tempo (or style) becoming apparent in the music as the violent election year 1976 in Jamaica wore on.

That is, until you actually read the sleeve credits on this LP/CD. Of course it is Carlton Barrett on drums here - only an absolute beginner or one totally insensitive to playing styles would miss that! And whenever Carlton was playing, be sure his brother Family Man played the bass! (Oh yes, Robbie Shakespeare does get a mention on the sleeve, so he may have been a replacement during some sessions.)

Nor does A Customer get the UK single release right. My Island "pink rim palm tree" copy with the dub as the A side and Jacob Miller's vocals on the flip states 1975, which of course is correct.

Those remarks apart, get this classic! I cannot vouch for the sound quality of the set but my 3rd Jamaican imprint (counting the pre) on Yard label (1979) has an absolutely outrageous dynamic range (see the "hot signal" discussion in the 00s). The bass on this vinyl engraving appears to have no lower cut off!
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