King Tubby

King Tubby on the Mix, Vol. 2

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Considering how iffy the world of reggae reissues can be, Original Music has repeatedly done itself a disservice by not taking the extra step that would separate the label from all the charlatans and ripoff artists. Original Music could have a Blood & Fire or Soul Jazz-sized reputation if it only provided substantial liner notes, but even without the history lesson, its King Tubby on the Mix, Vol. 2 collection is worth any reggae fanatic's attention -- and it won't disappoint the casual fan of early-'70s roots and/or dub, either. Included within are sides King Tubby engineered and mixed for producer Jah Woosh at the Channel One studio. The vocal cut is provided along with the dub for every track save the Morwells' "Know Yourself," which only gets the vocal treatment, while legendary house bands like the Aggrovators and the Revolutionaries provide the backing tracks. Vol. 2 features the Heptones' applying their sweet harmonies to the breakup number "Who's Fooling" and Junior Byles uplifting the youth on his righteous "Know Where Yu Going," plus the Morwells' cut, which makes for a perfect closer. As far as the dubs, Original Music has done a wonderful job bringing out the deep bass and warm, expansive reverb Tubby recorded, all without sacrificing the intended rough spots.

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