King Tubby

Pressure Sounds * PS34 * 2001

Firehouse Revolution

Firehouse Revolution

CD Tracks

  • Tempo - Anthony Red Rose
  • Crank Angle Part 2 - King Asha
  • Two Big Bull Inna One Pen - Anthony Red Rose & King Kong Listen
  • Original Sound - Conroy Smith
  • Special Singer - King Everall
  • Rude Boy - Lloyd Hemmings
  • Dry Up Your Tears - Tinga Stewart
  • Line Up - Johnny Osbourne
  • Fade Away - Little John
  • Babylon - King Kong
  • Pressure Me - Lilly Melody
  • Automatic - King Everall
  • Under Me Fat Thing - Anthony Red Rose
  • Under Me Fat Thing (Version) - Noel Davy
  • Dry Up Your Tears (Version) - Peego & Fatman with King Asha
  • After All - King Everall

LP Tracks

  • Tempo - Anthony Red Rose
  • Crank Angle Part 2 - King Asha
  • Two Big Bull Inna One Pen - Anthony Red Rose & King Kong Listen
  • Original Sound - Conroy Smith
  • Special Singer - King Everall
  • Rude Boy - Lloyd Hemmings
  • Dry Up Your Tears - Tinga Stewart
  • Line Up - Johnny Osbourne
  • Fade Away - Little John
  • Babylon - King Kong
  • Pressure Me - Lilly Melody
  • Automatic - King Everall
  • Under Me Fat Thing - Anthony Red Rose
  • Under Me Fat Thing (Version) - Noel Davy

Information

King Tubby's name is invariably linked with his stunning seventies output. However, during the eighties Tubby went on from strength to strength when he rebuilt his Waterhouse studio in the heart of the Kingston ghetto. The area had more than earned its reputation as a catalyst for innovation and had produced many of Jamaica's finest vocalists and musicians. It also had a reputation for violence and unrest and the residents referred to it as 'Firehouse'.

Second time around Tubby put his energies towards building up his studio and encouraging the many talented Waterhouse youths, guiding them through their engineering duties, and placing them at the forefront of his new output. What we have on this album are sixteen tracks that are essentially 'executive' productions from the King.

The album begins with three stunning cuts of the 'Tempo' rhythm and then works through some of the best music made between 1985 and 1989. Anthony Red Rose, Little John, Johnny Osbourne and King Kong all make stunning contributions. Other stand out cuts come from Lloyd Hemmings, 'Rude Bwoy', followed by Tinga Stewarts 'Dry Up Your Tears', a wicked dub version and an actual King Tubby mix of the 'Under Me Sleng Teng' rhythm called 'Under Me Fat Thing (Version)'.

While this music could hardly be described as 'new' it comes from a much more recent period than the usual sixties and seventies 'revival' compilations but it is every bit as exciting, innovative and important as anything that has ever come out of Jamaica. The mid eighties period is often overlooked but the 'collectors market' seems to be gradually starting to acknowledge the value of these forgotten gems and Pressure Sounds feel that the time is right to put the spotlight on some brilliant music.

The package includes fantastic photos by Dave Hendley and Beth Lesser and sleevenotes from Harry Hawke on the Waterhouse/Firehouse King Tubby story.

Reviews

Great value!

sharon_mefager, May 04, 2003
Amazing!!!!!! Buy this quickly!

Firehouse

Vexd Roly, Sep 09, 2004
As a massive fan of King Tubby' it was a wicked opportunity to hear something outside the seventies where most compilations seem to head. This album is absolutely heavyweight with some of my all time favourite bass lines. Do not let this album pass you by even if you aren't into reggae as this has influenced everything since. Massive. If there could be any doubt of the greatness of Tubby then this crushes it.

A must have for your collection

Ed Sunter, Aug 29, 2005
Such a diverse collection of amazing reggae, all heavweight tracks that any self respecting reggae enthusiast should own!

wow

ran, Jan 08, 2010
Totally a sleeper. This thing is the missing link to dubstep.

More please!

Jon, Sep 30, 2010
Sublime stuff, thanks be to Pressure Sounds.

Now please can we have a Volume Two?

King Tubby — Firehouse Revolution

Scratch Dylan, Feb 21, 2011
Yes big compilation!!

Two Big Bull Inna One Pen is getting dropped at the clash in a few days, believe :-D

Big up Pressure Sounds

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