King of Dub [1978]

King of Dub [1978]

King of Dub [1978]

King of Dub [1978]

‘King of Dub’ is a 1978 dub album released initially on Clocktower Records, and then later on Blue Moon Productions.

Clocktower was a label based in New York and was owned and operated by Brad Osborne that focused on dub and roots releases. Many of the releases from the 70s and 80s are thankfully still available now in digital form.

This is a rich dub album, with heavy bass and plenty of horns.

The artwork was done by Clocktower regular Jamaal Pete, and features a painted lion on the cover. It is a bold cover, but (iun our opinion) not one of Jamaal Pete’s best covers. The rear of the sleeve also features a short essay by Brad Osbourne that reads as follows:


This form of music started in the dance halls in the early 60s by some of the pioneer record producers. Mainly Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee, by both of whom I’ve been tremendously influenced…
As a youth, from Jones and Trench Town, I’ve learned you must have an adequate power amplifier, right preamp and speakers…
For the right sound and effect, King Tubbys “the dubmaster” is a must, knowing when to bring in the Rhythm and leggo the Bass and Drum.
This album, it’s clean, heavy and right effects; we diged into the Rhythm vault and came up with TEN of the Hardest Rhythm Tracks. You’ll be convinced that this is the King of Dub.
Brad Osborne



Tracklist
A1 King Zion Dub
A2 Super Star Dub
A3 Graceful Dub
A4 Rubba Dunza (Clock Tower Mix)
A5 Jah Angel Of Dub (Clock Tower Mix)
B1 Blood, Sweat & Dunza Dub
B2 King, Queen & Minstreal Dub
B3 Easy Dread & Check This Dub
B4 Fancy Up A Dub
B5 Stalac 80 Dubwise

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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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Junior Delgado – Dance A Dub [1978]

Junior Delgado - Dance A Dub -1978]

Junior Delgado - Dance A Dub -1978]

Junior Delgado - Dance A Dub -1978]

Dance A Dub was released in 1978 on Incredible Jux records, with production credited to Dennis Brown and Junior Delgado. It was released in a limited number of 500 copies (featuring the artwork above), before being licensed to Big Cat records years later who made it available on CD.

A pretty unremarkable cover for a pretty unremarkable dub album. Many tracks here have a distinctly ‘light’ feeling sound for a dub record. There are a couple of heavy bass shakers though, but as a total album there isn’t enough here to call it a classic by any means.

Track listing:
Dance A Dub 6:42
Hooligan Stew 4:08
Mister Dub 4:03
Crack A Dub 2:55
Kidnapped On A Subway 2:58
Ups 2:59
Downs 3:51
Enter 2:28
Torture 3:17
Herb Eye 4:21

Dance A Dub Junior Delgado

Engineer : Soljie Hamilton & King Tubby & Prince Jammy & Sylvan Morris & Maxie

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