Bunny Lee Meets King Tubby and the Aggrovators

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Bunny Lee Meets King Tubby and the Aggrovators Review

by Stephen Cook

This two-disc set features classic Bunny Lee-produced DJ sides from the mid-'70s, along with many companion dub versions. Throughout, King Tubby imparts his mixing board alchemy to the Aggrovator's tough rhythms and a panoply of toasting styles. Along with such fine singers as Johnny Clarke and Cornell Campbell, Lee championed the first wave of DJ's to come in U-Roy's wake. Roy and some his finest contemporaries are heard here, including Dillinger, Jah Stitch, Prince Jazzbo, and I-Roy. Sides by U-Brown, Trinity, Clint Eastwood, and Big Joe represent the second wave of vintage chatters Lee oversaw. And while the instrumental dub tracks are fine, it's the DJ cuts with Tubbs' unique tweaks and subversive twists that really stand out. Those in search of better Lee/Aggrovators/Tubby instrumental mixes should check out Dub Gone 2 Crazy on the Blood and Fir label. Still, this is a title that's fit for any quality reggae collection.

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