Various artists album review
King Tubby Meets The Reggae Masters
Charm-Jet Star
12 - 03 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Wailing Souls - Budwah
  2. Anthony Johnson - Life Is Not Easy
  3. Black Uhuru - Hard Time
  4. Barrington Levy - The Word Of Jah
  5. Tabby Diamonds - Eyes Of Africa
  6. Jacob Miller - Dread Ina Babylon
  7. Johnny Clarke - Can't Stop Me
  8. Dennis Brown - Look What You Doing
  9. Horace Andy - Free Africa
  10. Linval Thompson - Feed The Children
  11. Freddie McKay - Inna Mi Yard
  12. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Mr. Chatterbox
  13. General Plough - More Love
  14. Barry Brown - Burial
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

Fourteen roots reggae gems are gathered on the compilation set "King Tubby Meets The Reggae Masters", actually a first class retrospective release drawn from rare tapes found amongst King Tubby's artefacts after his tragic murder in February 1989 together with some tracks from the respective vaults of ace producer Bunny "Striker" Lee and the lesser known Blackbeard (the older brother of Tappa Zukie). Compiled by Blackbeard's son Orlando "Eddie" Sinclair this album not only is musically strong but represents classic much sought after material from the golden era of reggae, hence the extensive sleeve notes found on the booklet inside the CD put together by one of UK's renowned music critics, John Masouri. A number of the tracks on this CD - for the most part previously unreleased - were issued as limited edition singles by Jet Star in the summer of 2001, so now you have the chance to catch up with any that you might have missed. "King Tubby Meets The Reggae Masters" is truly notable for some exquisite singing from such reggae masters like Freddie McKay, Dennis Brown, Horace Andy and Linval Thompson to name a few, and the magical production touches from that unique dub pioneer King Tubby (though Tubb's involvement is a moot point). All tracks maintain a high quality level and are well worth hearing. Astonishing strong efforts are delivered by Anthony Johnson and Freddie McKay, but also Wailing Souls' "Budwah", Tabby Diamond's "Eyes Of Africa", Johnny Clarke's "Look What You Doing", Dennis Brown's "Look What You Doing", Horace Andy's "Free Africa" and Linval Thompson's "Feed The Children" are outstanding deliveries.
"King Tubby Meets The Reggae Masters" is a superb compilation set with many fine quality artists and wonderful vintage reggae.

Teacher & Mr. T.