Various artists album review
King Tubby...At The Controls
09 - 10 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Aggrovators - A Rougher Version
  2. Aggrovators - The Jehovah Version
  3. Aggrovators - A Harder Version
  4. Observers - Dubbing With The Observer
  5. Aggrovators - A Confusing Version
  6. Dirty Harry & The Aggrovators - The Poor Barber
  7. Aggrovators - Life Time Dub
  8. Chinna & The Aggrovators - A Come Version
  9. Aggrovators & Horace Andy - A Better Version
  10. Observers - Jam Down
  11. Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators - Bongo Man Dub
  12. King Tubby's - Psalms Of Dub
  13. Aggrovators - A Rude Dubwise
  14. Aggrovators - The Baddest Version
  15. Aggrovators - A Roots Version
  16. Augustus Pablo & The Aggrovators - More Warning
  17. Aggrovators - A Serious Version
  18. King Tubby's - Watchman Dub
  19. King Tubby - Shank I Dub
  20. Soul Syndicate - This Is The Greatest Version
  21. Aggrovators - This Is The Hardest Version
  22. Aggrovators - A Ruffer Version
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4

On the 6th February 1989, King Tubby, aka Osbourne Ruddock, returned home from a night out and was shot dead in cold blood. The senseless slaying of this mild, shy and widely loved man sent the reggae community worldwide into shock. As the news filtered out from Jamaica, communities across the whole world mourned his passing. In the UK, renowned dj David Rodigan immediately put together a tribute to Tubby. During the show he talked to King Jammy via a live link. Jammy, chocking back tears at the death of his friend, sent out the following message to the killer : "You can run, but you can't hide". It was one of the most poignant moments in UK broadcasting history.
The story of King Tubby is well known and needs no further introduction. This year marks the 10th anniversary of his death, and this commemorative Trojan release has been compiled to mark the tragical event. Featured here are nuff of his most enduring, heavyweight dubs. It's no surprise that most of the tracks here are Bunny Lee produced sides. In 1973 the producer commenced a long run as the island's most succesful producer. Not surprisingly, all of his hits included flip side dubs mixed by King Tubby, or his first apprentice Prince Jammy.
After Fuzzy Jones' intro the disc kicks off with the dub to Jackie Edwards rendition of Burning Spears 'Wa Dada'. From here on the album takes you on a magnificent journey through Jamaica's dubbing history, featuring classic riddims such as 'Drum Song', 'Skylarking', Shank I Shek', 'Queen Of The Minstrel', 'Ali Baba', 'That's Life', and 'Wash Wash'. Featured vocalists include Horace Andy, Johnny Clarke and Jackie Edwards. When the collection culminates in a severe heavyweight dub cut to Johnny Clarke's 'Don Trouble Trouble', totally deconstructed by Tubby's, ending in a screech of brakes, and rather poignantly, Tubby's tone button signing off, the listener will have to draw the conclusion that this album is filled with music wandering through space and time.....the ultimate pre-digital King Tubby collection !

Teacher & Mr. T.