the late 1970's, early 1980's, reggae music
began to change. Roots Reggae gave birth to
Rub a Dub. It was also called Dancehall, but
that is not to be confused what people call
Dancehall in the 1990's. I guess you can
also call it The Sound Of Channel One, as UK
based label Motion Records dubbed this
historical collection of 13 tracks with
versions and one bonus dub on 2 CD's.
Historical, and not only because the
tracks give a perfect indication of what was
going on back then. Previously this music
was really hard or impossible to get and
that makes it a must for Reggae and Dub fans
that are looking for authentic material.
Tubby Connection contains session-drummer
Desmond Irie's only vocal recording, and it
introduces lesser known singers and chanters
such as DJ Prince Pompidou, Horace Andy
sound-a-like Bandoo and Rootsman Calvin
Stuart to the growing audience of Reggae and
Dub Music. Most of the tracks are backed by
the Gladiators, who are mostly known for
their vocal work.
Apart from the last Bonus Track, all
recordings took place in the legendary
Channel One Studios, Kingston Jamaica.
Channel One deserves maximum respect,
equally to Studio One and for Dubbernauts
arguably even more interesting. Dub has had
nuff space to evolve in this studio.
All tracks come with their Dub Version,
mixed by the Discoverer of DUB, the great
King Tubby. A Channel One Showcase! You will
find a wide range of styles between Roots
and Rub a Dub on this album, and a different
style requires a different kind of dub
mixing as well. Tubby proves to be
versatile; he suprises me a lot of times.
It's like I hear Scientist, Peter Chemist
and Bunny Lee together with King Tubby, a
definite proof Tubby is the Originator.
Everytime I hear the vocal, I can't wait to
hear Tubby's interpretation of it! That some
tracks are mixed pauseless together with
their dub version increases the exitement: a
vocal turns dub!