King Tubby & The Dynamites - Sound System International CD /LP (Pressure Sounds)
Release Date: 19th September 2009 - to order a copy please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PSLP65 / PSCD65
When it first arrived on the reggae scene dub music was so exclusive and so expensive that you had to be both fanatical and rich to even attempt to try and keep up with it. At the height of this musical maelstrom dub albums, usually retailing at four and five times the price of a regular release, would appear and then promptly disappear from the shops never to be seen or heard of again. The subsequent history of the music has seen even the most diehard devotees delighted to see long lost classics that eluded them at the time eventually given a re-release. The down side, and one that has done much to devalue the true worth of the music, has been the constant drip, drip, drip of substandard re-releases and newly compiled releases all claiming to be â€˜long lost classicsâ€™. It would often have been better if they had remained lost forever.
Bringing us neatly on to â€˜Sound System Internationalâ€™â€¦ this Clancy Eccles produced dub set is so incredibly obscure that no-one (and we mean no-one) on the scene had ever heard of it until a lone copy surfaced at the start of this year.Â News of the albumâ€™s discovery spread like wildfire among the cognoscenti. The set featured ten thrilling King Tubbyâ€™s deconstructions of a selection of Dynamites rhythms produced by Clancy Eccles where Tubbs spins the tunes around and comes up with something very, very special. Anyone who really wants to now what King Tubbyâ€™s early mixing style was all about need look no further as he takes on these straight forward reggae songs and turns them upside down and inside out taking them on to somewhere completely different.
The ten track vinyl album remains the same as the rare original release and includes Tubbyâ€™s dubs to Lord Creatorâ€™s winsome â€˜Kingston Townâ€™, The Dynamitesâ€™ beautiful â€˜Red Moonâ€™ and King Stitt & Andy Cappâ€™s â€˜Herb Manâ€™. The CD echoes the origins of dub in Kingstonâ€™s sound systems and comes with five bonus tracks including â€˜Phantomâ€™ Lynford â€˜Andy Cappâ€™ Andersonâ€™s next cut to â€˜Herb Manâ€™ one of the earliest ever dub mixes; two outings from â€˜The Ugly Oneâ€™ foundation deejay King Stitt including his riposte to U Royâ€œYou say you rule the nation with versionâ€¦â€ entitled â€˜King Of Kingsâ€™ and the amazing â€˜Dance Beatâ€™ where Stitt and Clancy discuss the early days and characters of the sound system scene and finishing up with The Dynamitesâ€™ stirring â€˜Tribute To Drumbagoâ€™.
Originally released in a plain cover rubber stamped with only the title and track listing â€˜Sound System Internationalâ€™ now comes replete with superb graphics, stunning contemporary photographs of King Tubby and extensive sleeve notes detailing the origins of the dub and deejay phenomenon. The set has also been totally re-mastered. We at Pressure Sounds were thrilled to be able to negotiate the release of this awesome rarity where, for once, the hyperbole is all for real. But you donâ€™t have to believe usâ€¦ just give it a listen and see, and hear, for yourself!
CD Track Listing:Garrison â€“ The DynamitesKingston Dub Town - The DynamitesKing Of Kings â€“ King StittJoe - The DynamitesDance Beat â€“ King Stitt & Clancy EcclesDub Star - The DynamitesPhantom - The DynamitesRed Moon - The DynamitesI For I â€“ King StittKing Banga - The DynamitesDown Town - The DynamitesUptown Shuffle Dub - The DynamitesKing Tubbyâ€™s City Dub - The DynamitesHouse Of Darkness - The DynamitesLast Call (Tribute To Drumbago) - The Dynamites