Various ‎– King Tubby's Fast Car

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Serious Business ‎– SSB LP 00002
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A1 Gregory Isaacs Once A Man
A2 Johnny Osbourne My Heart Is In Danger
A3 Wayne Wonder Fast Car
A4 Bananaman* & Derek Irie* Tight Clothes
A5 Johnny Clarke Teach Them The Right
B1 Lyrical Cock Up And Ride
B2 Pad Anthony Hanging On
B3 Johnny Clarke Loverman
B4 Thriller U & Ella Star Tell Me Why
B5 Little Robert La Bamba

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killaswitch

killaswitch

February 20, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Very obscure compilation, starting with the ridiculous cover. The confused young lady, the by-now oldschool Mercedes with a "righteous" numberplate - all this is so bizarre and bears the certain cheap-o charm of 80s digital reggae compilations.

Musically, even with this seemingly "soul-less" digital riddim material, King Tubby's genius shines through. The old dub master doesn't get confused by the new digital craze, but manages to fill the spartanic riddim arrangements with life, especially when accompanied by vocalists like Gregory, whose "Once A Man" is probably one of the most wonderful masterpieces from the early digital era. If the vocalists are not worth anything though, then even Tubby's genius can't save the tunes, resulting into fillers like the absolutely redundant "La Bamba" cover.

Some gems, some fillers, but all in all an interesting example of clever dealing with early digital riddims.