The Prophets: King Tubby's Prophecies Of Dub (CD)


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Format: CD 
Label: Pressure Sounds 
Year: 2020 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS: 

1. Fair Lady 
2. Babylon Red 
3. South West Block 
4. Tear Gas In Water House 
5. Tradition Skank 
6. Earth Fear 
7. Black Out 
8. Serious Rebellion 
9. Gun Man From Water House 
10. Bad Man Skank. 
11. Passing Through 
12. Was Alive 
13. Ten To One Version 
14. Words Dub 
15. Man To Man Version 
16. A Living Version 

PERSONNEL: 

Produced and Arranged By – Vivian Jackson (Yabby You) 
Engineer – Pat Kelly 
Executive Producer – Bunny Lee 
Bass – Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Robbie Shakespeare 
Drums – Carlton "Santa" Davis, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Sly Dunbar 
Guitar – Earl "Chinna" Smith, Tony Chin 
Keyboards – Ansel Collins, Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Bernard "Touter" Harvey, Winston Wright 
Percussion – Bongo Herman, Noel "Scully" Simms 
Saxophone – Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall, Tommy McCook 

Originally released 1976. CD features 4 bonus tracks.

The opening two dubs are from Linval Thompson's 'Long Long Dreadlocks', and an unreleased cut of 'Simmer Down' by Johnny Clarke on a modified 'Move Out Of Babylon' rhythm. This is followed by Johnny's version of Curtis Mayfield's 'Ten To One' as covered by the Mad Lads. Then there are four cuts pulled from Delroy Wilson's 'Sings For I' album, and two from Horace Andy, 'Serious Thing' and 'Man To Man'. After Johnny Clarke's 'Live Up Jah Man' and 'Stop The Tribal War', the album concludes with the sole Yabby You rhythm, a dub of Dicky Burton's 'God Is Watching You' that is noticeably different from the Tubby's mix as heard on the 'Beware Dub' album.

Throughout, Pat Kelly's mixing is detailed and subtle, focusing the listener into the musicality of the backing tracks. The LP was released in 1976 in very limited numbers on the Prestige label, probably with the involvement of Prince Tony Robinson, with a further limited pressing appearing on the Prophets label. This reissue at last allows an obscure and mysterious album to be enjoyed by a wider audience.

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