Keith Hudson – Pick A Dub [1975]

Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub [1975]

Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub [1975]

Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub [1975]

Keith Hudson’s 1974 release ‘Pick A Dub’ is widely regarded as one of the first, and most influential dub albums ever released. The album is very minimal, with very few sound effects that would come to be standard on many dub albums to follow – instead this is stripped down remixes of tracks like “Declaration of Rights” and “Satta Massa Gana” with a brutal emphasis on bass and drums, punctuated by vocal snippets.

The album cover was equally as minimal, simply featuring a sketch of a man smoking a spliff under a tree. The rear featured a photo of Hudson reclining in a tree with his flares on. Artwork credited to Ian Mullings.

Later releases on Atra Records preserved the same artwork, but added a coloured background, as can be seen below.

Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub [1975]

This album has been re-issued many times over the years, so the good news is that it isn’t hard to find a copy of this classic and seminal album.

Tracklist
Pick A Dub
Black Heart
Michale Talbot Affair
Don’t Move
Blood Brother
Dreaded Than
In The Rain
Part 1-2 Dubwise
Black Right
Satia
I’m All Right
Depth Charge

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Survival – Bob Marley & The Wailers [1979]

Survival - Bob Marley & The Wailers [1979]

Survival - Bob Marley & The Wailers [1979]

Survival - Bob Marley & The Wailers [1979]

Survival‘ was released in 1979 on Island Records and Tuff Gong Records, It marked a return to a more militant themes in Bob Marley’s music and the album was originally going to be called ‘Black Survival.

The album cover is comprised of 48 African flags representing a call for unity and strength in numbers, over an image of a slave ship.

The artwork was designed by a Jamaican-born, but US-based artist called Neville Garrick. Garrick was responsible for a number of other Marley album sleeves, and also went on to provide artwork for Burning Spear (Hail H.I.M, Farover), Bunny Wailer (Blackheart Man), Steel Pulse, Peter Tosh (Wanted Dread & Alive) and many more. Neville Garrick also created the backdrop for the iconic Reggae Sunsplash festival.

Tracklist
Wake Up And Live 4:55
Africa Unite 2:55
One Drop 3:52
Ride Natty Ride 3:53
Ambush In The Night 3:14
So Much Trouble In The World 4:00
Zimbabwe 3:49
Top Rankin’ 3:09
Babylon System 4:21
Survival 3:54

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Joe Gibbs & The Professionals ‎– African Dub All Mighty [1975]

Joe Gibbs & The Professionals ‎– African Dub All Mighty [1975]

 Joe Gibbs & The Professionals ‎– African Dub All Mighty [1975]

 Joe Gibbs & The Professionals ‎– African Dub All Mighty [1975]

Released in 1975 ‘African Dub All Mighty’ was a dub album by Joe Gibbs & The Professionals’. This was the first release in what would become an series of four installments all under the ‘African Dub’ title.

Each of the releases featured session bands like Soul Syndicate, We The People, and the Revolutionaires, with Errol Thompson performing sound engineer duties.

This one isn’t the best in the series and it is a bit tame when compared to later releases in the series, but it is a solid enough effort.

Sadly no artist was credited for the sleeve design, which is a shame as it is pretty majestc with some great fonts.

Tracklist
A1 African Dub
A2 Universal Dub
A3 Midnight Movie
A4 Getto Skank
A5 Lime Key Rock
A6 Lovers Serenade
B1 Treasure Dub
B2 Schooling The Beat
B3 Campus Rock
B4 Half Ounce
B5 Worrier
B6 East Africa

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Sly And Robbie – Disco Dub [1978]

Sly And Robbie - Disco Dub [1978]

Sly And Robbie - Disco Dub [1978]

Sly And Robbie - Disco Dub [1978]

‘Disco Dub’ by Sly & Robbie was first released in 1978 on Gorgon Records and it came with a glorious cover that pictured Sly & Robbie as super-humans, high above the clouds and dwarfing the surrounding planets.

Tracklist
A1 Side Walk Doctor
A2 War Of The Gods
B1 Depth Charge
B2 Mickey Mouse
B3 Battle Of The Titans

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Jacob Miller – Jacob ‘Killer’ Miller [1978]

Jacob Miller - Jacob 'Killer' Miller [1978]

Jacob Miller - Jacob 'Killer' Miller [1978]

Jacob Miller - Jacob 'Killer' Miller [1978]

Jacob ‘Killer Miller’ was first released in 1978 on the Jamaican label Jam Sounds. It subsequently got re-released a number of times, including an issue on Island Records in 1980.

All the releases kept the basic but wonderful sleeve design pretty much intact. The credit for the album sleeve goes to Judy Phillips & Claude Gayle, and shows a photo of Jacob Miller in action on the front-cover, and features a wonderful photo of Jacob Miller and Inner Circle on the rear cover in their Sunday best.

This is an incredible (and very accessible) roots album with pounding rhythms, with anthemic and militant songs that all sound like the band are having fun from start to finish.

Tracklist
A1 Forward Ever
A2 I Shall Be Released
A3 Shakey Girl
A4 80,000 Careless Ethiopians
A5 Big Stripe (To Lock Up Rasta-Fari)
B1 Killer Miller
B2 Lands Called Home
B3 Mrs. Brown
B4 City Of The Weak Heart
B5 Lambs Bread Collie

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