King Tubby Freedom Sounds In Dub
- Released: May 1, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Blood & Fire Records
Q - 8/96, p.1453 Stars - Good - "...Tubs dubs legendarily....this rasta-radical compilation is produced with impressive precision."
Option - 11-12/96, p.114"...a disorienting rhythmic collage that's dense and dark but also somehow ambient, as if the music is not coming from the speakers but floating around the room in kinky waves of sound..."
NME (Magazine) - 7/27/96, p.498 (out of 10) - "...made up of Tubby's innovative dub takes....although the recording process is over 20 years old, the echo effects...almost serve to double pace the drum sound into contemporary junglist territory..."
- 1.Ethiopian Version
- 2.Leaving Babylon Dub
- 3.Dub the Right Way
- 4.Salty Dub - (Patois)
- 5.Seaview Corner Rocking
- 6.Dub of Righteousness
- 7.Great Stone
- 8.Empty Vessel Dub
- 9.Israelite Children Dub
- 10.East Avenue Skank
- 11.Tinson Pen Dub
- 12.King Tubby's Key
- 13.Jah Is Coming in Dub
- 14.Confusing Dub
- 15.Top Line Special
Personnel: Earl "Chinna" Smith , Tony Chin (guitar); Felix "Deadly Headley" Bennett (saxophone); Richard G. Johnson, Gladstone Anderson, Keith Sterling (keyboards); Santa Davis (drums); Noel "Scully" Simms (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Steve Barrow.
Recording information: Channel One Studio, Kingston, Jamaica (1976-1979); Randy's Studio, Kingston, Jamaica (1976-1979).
Photographers: Beth Lesser; Bob Harding; Steve Barrow.
Another classic dub finding from the UK reggae reissue label Blood and Fire, FREEDOM SOUNDS IN DUB is co-credited to legendary producer/mixer King Tubby and the group Soul Syndicate, whose album FREEDOM SOUNDS this disc dubs. As always with a King Tubby dub mix, he deserves top billing over the performers, because his unique mixing style creates not just an instrumental version of the album, but an entirely new sonic landscape.
Unlike his contemporary and occasional rival Lee "Scratch" Perry, King Tubby favored emphasizing elements of the songs that were already there instead of adding sound effects and extra instrumental tracks. The bass and percussion, of course, are foremost throughout, but the saxophone of Felix "Deadly Headley" Bennett is also much in evidence, wafting in and out of the rhythms like a constantly shifting clarion call. FREEDOM SOUNDS IN DUB is a rediscovered classic.
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