Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

King Tubby Meets The Aggrovators At Dub Station
King Tubby, Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators
Trojan
CD
May 27, 2007

Track list
  1. Creator Of Dub
  2. Happy Dub
  3. Collie Dub
  4. Dub Station
  5. Height Of Dub
  6. Inspiring Dub
  7. Joh Soy Dub
  8. Sprinkling Dub
  9. Aggrovating Dub
  10. King Tubby Dub
  11. Caretaker Dub
  12. At The Dub Market
  13. Tommy McCook - Dance With Me
  14. Tommy McCook - Meducia
  15. Tommy McCook - Dub Duke
  16. Tommy McCook - Moving Out
  17. Tommy McCook & Bobby Ellis - Canon
  18. Tommy McCook & Bobby Ellis - Kojak
  19. Tommy McCook - Midnight Special
  20. Tommy McCook - Rock By Sir Dees Scorcher
  21. Straight To Trinity Head
  22. The Aggrovators - Jah Love Rockers Dub
  23. The Aggrovators - Six Million Dollar
  24. African World Wide
  25. Don't Take Another Man's Life
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
Trojan have come up trumps for May and June with these new Gregory Isaacs and Tubby's re-issues.

So much incredible, good, bad and bland Tubby's music has flooded the market over the last ten to fifteen years, that it's hard to imagine there are many more rarities left -- but most of the versions included on this Tubby's/McCook album haven't seen wider CD re release until now.

For those of you who love the mid to late 70's period Tubby's/Rockers/Bunny Lee, you are in for a real treat here -- The first tune "Creator Of Dub" has also seen service on the Tappa Zukie "MPLA" album, and the cut here is explosive : classic Rockers.

The next rhythm track is also familiar, being a re cut to the Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" horns refrain, a melody clearly very popular at the time as Don Drummond's earlier testament shows.

"Dub Station" is a huge cavernous affair, opening with a majestic horns refrain, before a fast paced snare and flying cymbals parry with jazz style rim shots in a furious dub, Tubby's turning the DNA of the rhythm inside out with tunnel like dub effects.

"King Tubby Dub" has a mid 70's disco influenced funk intro, before tearing into another tight, tubular Bunny Lee dub, with scouring cymbals. "Caretaker Dub" sounds like your speaker cones are coming unstuck or malfunctioning.

The original album featured 12 tracks -- the current Sanctuary re-issue adds another extra 12 thunderous cuts to the original issue, with dubs to Johnny Clarke's "Move outta Babylon" ("Moving On"), Upsetter rhythms from "Black Board Jungle" ("Canon") and countless other tunes you will recognise.

So -- the serious, committed reggae collector will certainly know most of these rhythms very well -- but many of us will not have heard these specific cuts to these drum and bass lines. There is not a single bad tune on the entire record. It's an indispensable, perfect Tubby's/Bunny Lee purchase, featuring some of the most inspired cuts you are likely to hear of these very familiar mid to late 70's tunes.

Though there are no "freshly heard" or newly dug up rhythms here, to many of us reggae obsessives, this album may well be amongst the best dub reissues of the past three or four years.