'Review: "Harry Mudie Meets King Tubby At Dub Conference: Volumes 1, 2 & 3" (Moodisc)' by Grant Goddard


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Review of three dub reggae albums 'Harry Mudie Meets King Tubby At Dub Conference' reissued by Moodisc on vinyl coincidentally with King Tubby's murder in Jamaica, written by Grant Goddard in April 1989 for City Limits magazine.

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'Review: "Harry Mudie Meets King Tubby At Dub Conference: Volumes 1, 2 & 3" (Moodisc)' by Grant Goddard

  2. 2. 'Harry Mudie Meets King Tubby In Dub Conference: Volumes 1, 2 & 3' (Moodisc) It's coincidence rather than cash-in that these LPs mixed by reggae dubmaster King Tubby should appear so soon after his tragic death at the hands of an opportunist gunman. These are three of around a dozen albums produced by Harry Mudie that have just been reissued after more than a decade out of print. The quality that set Mudie apart from other, more renowned, reggae producers was his use of a string section as an integral part of his songs, not merely tacked on as an afterthought. This combination of sweet strings and rockin' rhythms is best known on his recordings of singer John Holt and the 1970 near-hit 'Leaving Rome.' Versions of these crop up amongst the 29 instrumental remixes that make up these three volumes, but are here in radically different form with the Tubby trademarks of booming drums, echoed rhythms and percussion drops. Two hours of dub may seem a little excessive yet, because the LPs were mixed separately in '76-8, they maintain a freshness of ideas and use excellent rhythm tracks produced with Mudie's usual attention to detail. King Tubby's remix skills received scant attention outside the reggae world and, sadly, always remained a sideline to his electrical repair business and sound system work. Dub was the only truly innovative popular music to emerge from the '70s and Tubby completely redefined the creative limits of what could be produced in a basic 4-track recording studio. His legacy is embodied in at least twelve dub LPs that are essential to any reggae collection. It's good to know that three of these are available again at long last. [First published in 'City Limits' magazine, 20-27 April 1989, p.38] Grant Goddard is a media analyst / radio specialist / radio consultant with thirty years of experience in the broadcasting industry, having held senior management and consultancy roles within the commercial media sector in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Details at http://www.grantgoddard.co.uk Review: 'Harry Mudie Meets King Tubby At Dub Conference: Volumes 1, 2 & 3' (Moodisc) ©1989 Grant Goddard page 2