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  • Audio CD (January 20, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B00011V80E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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During the early '70s, a maverick Jamaican producer known as King Tubby (aka Osbourne Ruddock -- he was born in Kingston in 1941) embarked upon a series of pivotal recordings, ultimately creating a reggae offshoot called dub. First, he pared his forces down to a drum kit and bass and slowed the tempo until a bottom-heavy, primal heartbeat emerged. Over this framework, spare vocal and instrumental riffs emerged from layers of echoing reverb and artful distortion, erecting atmospheric soundscapes bound for infinity. This classic album is a primer for how Tubby could harness raw rhythmic power through his subtle, imaginative grasp of texture and dynamics. A potent rhythm team, including Robbie Shakespeare (one half of the famed Sly & Robbie combo) on bass, Earl "Chinna" Smith on guitar, and a rough-and-ready brass section, surrounds the organ-piano and clavinet (mouth-blown keyboard clarinet) of Augustus Pablo with hip, stylish Kingstonian street-bred attitude. --Christina Roden

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So, another reason to buy the CD.
Alien Reg
This newly issued CD looks great with the added tracks and hopefully correct tracking as previous reissues of this album had incorrect sequencing.
bobby
Pablo and King Tubby are 2 of the most influential Reggae\Dub artists dead or alive!!!!!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By bobby on December 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I don't know what this reviewer is talking about "...also known as Glen Adams Upsetters keyboard player...". King Tubby is Osbourne Ruddock ONE of the originators of the style weh call 'rub-a-dub' alongside Lee "Scratch" Perry and another lesser known producer whose name evades me. For real the reviewer don't know what the bumclat she is talking about! very pretentious to think she can talk some bull-isht and get away with it! Augustus Pablo plays the melodica primarily, which is a children's instrument, a small keyboard which has a baffle and a mouthpiece to generate the tones. Clavinet is a floorstanding keyboard instrument which generates sounds similar to an electric guitar, and on some Jazz fusion records occupies the space of an electric guitar i.e. Herbie Hancock "Headhunters".

Christina Roden, you suck. Amazon.com please remove this dubious and inacurate review please!

To further clarify, the riddims herein are written and arranged by Pablo, voiced by various vocalists, notably Jacob Miller whose "Baby I love you so" is the foundation of the title track, and "Keep on Knockin" here in dub as "Keep On Dubbing". So these are dub versions of those tunes with many featuring Pablo blowing on top, therefor putting them in a 'Horn version' or specifically 'Melodica version' context. Semantics.

Anyway, King Tubby meets rockers is absolutely essential and needs no introduction, as it is maybe the most well known 'Dub' albums of all time. This newly issued CD looks great with the added tracks and hopefully correct tracking as previous reissues of this album had incorrect sequencing. You should buy this. Tubbs is eternally the master at the controls, Pablo is the heaviest producer next to Vivain Jackson, and his meditations onn the Melodica are trancendant.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkins on November 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Those who like hip hop, techno, or any other musical development of the last quarter century would do well to acquaint themselves with this masterpiece. This is where remixing began and no one has done it better than King Tubby in the ensuing years. Able to reduce a song down to its core elements and still make it utterly mesmerizing, Tubby paved the way for virtually all modern music. This is an album to play at maximum volume, while the bass and the groove wash over you with that perfect riddim. You can't call yourself a connoisseur of music without getting inside this rhythmic beast.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dm Otis on January 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am just adding to the voices disgusted by Christina Roden's writing on King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown, which Amazon.com used for their official review. Her so-called review is an insult to the music and its makers, besides not making sense.

For the record, Augustus Pablo plays mainly the melodica, which is an instrument played by blowing through while manipulating a small keyboard that is part of the instrument. Pablo also played various keyboards, including the clavinet. And no one "slowed" the music down to make dub. Dub is simply re-mixed reggae with the vocals all or mostly removed.

I could go on correcting Roden's misinformation, but you get the idea. Ignore Roden and read the other volunteer reviewers for additional proper info.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Hawkes on February 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
not the first dub LP ever, but really a landmark by which all others are judged - essentially, it's a compilation of version/dub mixes from the B-sides of 7" singles for Augustus Pablo's Rockers label (which even today are not too difficult to find). over the years there's been a bunch of nonsense BS that's been written about this LP, Augustus Pablo and the mythology of King Tubby in general and the Amazon review does nothing to change that. some people have overly active imaginations combined with a complete lack of curiosity about researching. the truth is more interesting than any numbskull made-up crap.

the short story below:

the genesis of "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown" is actually Herman Chin-Loy's "Aquarius Dub", released in 1972-73 and is among one of the first dub LP's - Augustus Pablo and Clive Chin of Randy's Studio could probably lay claim to the first LP, which was "Java Dub", released in 1972 and is also another essential dub classic although not as sophisticated technically as "KTMRU". these early "drum and bass" style dub LP's were meant primarily for sound systems and their fans, and were pressed in very limited numbers - typically a couple of hundred copies. the Jamaican record market at the time was overwhelmingly biased towards 7" singles for music buyers and the jukebox industry, so although "version" and early dub B sides were extremely popular and standard on a 7" single by 1972, LP's were minor sellers in comparison.

one of the basic rhythms for the "Aquarius Dub" series of LP's cut for Chin-Loy at Dynamic Studios in 1972 for his Aquarius label was the building block of "KTMRU".
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barrington Scott on July 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album sets the standard by which all dub albums should be judged. though its almost 30 years old , no other album has approached this standard
IT'S SIMPLY THE VERY BEST!
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