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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Rupie Edwards ‎– Dub Classic / Dub Basket [1975]

Rupie Edwards ‎– Dub Classic [1975]

Here is a look at two very contrasting album covers for essentially the same album. ‘Dub Classic’ by The Rupie Edwards All Stars, was first released in 1975 under the title ‘Dub Basket’ and was then re-issued in 1977 under the new title ‘Dub Classic’.

Both releases are identical, and have the same track-listing – only the covers are different.

The first release was on Cactus Records, and had artwok that was a pretty literal interpretation of the title, ‘Dub Basket’.

dub basket rupie edwards

The re-issue in 1977 was on Success Records and had a very different look and feel to it, with a cover simply showing Rupie Edwards suited up and looking like he was forced to have his photo taken despite not being remotely in the mood for it.

 Rupie Edwards ‎– Dub Classic [1975]

 Rupie Edwards ‎– Dub Classic [1975]

Tracklist
A1 A Fine Dub
A2 Bada Dub
A3 Dreamy Dub
A4 Sounds Of Dub
A5 Tempo Dub
A6 The Freedom Dub
B1 Make It Dubwise
B2 Feeling Dub
B3 The Light Of Dub
B4 The Dub Of Fire
B5 A Little Piece Of Dub
B6 Rock A Dub

It’s a great dub album too – mixed by King Tubby and featuring some of the best reggae musicians of the era playing under the title of ‘The Rupie Edwards All Stars’ .

The album is still available too as part of a double release called ‘Dub Basket Volume 1 and 2′.

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Bullwackies All Stars – Black World Dub [1979]

Bullwackies All Stars - Black World Dub [1979]

Bullwackies All Stars - Black World Dub [1979]

Bullwackies All Stars - Black World Dub [1979]

Originally released in 1979 on the Wackie’s imprint label called Hardwax, ‘Black World Dub‘ is a fine example of the music that Wackie’s were embarking on and would continue to push out from their New York base through the 1980s.

This is a tough dub album that combines roots sensibilities with some electronic wizardry from the latest gadgets and technology of the time. Leroy Sibbles acts as a musical director (as well as contributing bass on a number of tracks) and recognisable rhythms are all given the unique Wackie’s treatment – check out the machine-gun style drum effects on ‘Skylarking’, and their interpretation of ‘The Drifter’ (called ‘Recording Connection’ here).

There is a wonderful simplicity to the cover art that suits this release. No fuss or hype, just a title on an off-white cover. There rear gives you a black & white studio photo. Many releases on the Wackies imprints often had simple black and white covers that gave a certain gravitas and seriousness to each release.

Tracklist:
Jah T – Recording Connection
The Wackies Rhythm Force – Skylarking
Joe Auxumite – Troubled Land
The Wackies Rhythm Force – Morning Star
Bullwackie – United Rock
Leroy Sibbles – Black World
Joe Auxumite – Simple Little Woman
The Wackies Rhythm Force – Tribute To Studio One
The Wackies Rhythm Force – Rain From The Cloud
The Wackies Rhythm Force – Shining Star

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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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Prince Jammy Presents Osbourne In Dub [1983]

Prince Jammy Presents Osbourne In Dub [1983]

Prince Jammy Presents Osbourne In Dub [1983]

Prince Jammy Presents Osbourne In Dub [1983]

The sleeve design here is credited to C More Tone, and it is a garish assault on the eyes, albeit it pretty effective in grabbing your attention. The rear of the sleeve features the following message “This is the sequel to the earlier Prince Jammy Dub LP Uhuru in Dub (CSLP 2) and features hard rhythms from some of the best titles produced by Jammy for the great Johnny Osbourne.

Released on UK reggae label CSA Records, this early 80s dub album sees Prince Jammy mixing some dubs from well-known Johnny Osbourne tracks like Water Pumping.

This is a decent dub album, and the early 80s dancehall rhythms lend themselves well to be remixed and layered in echo and effects.

SIDE A:
1. Loving Tonight
2. Reggae Stylee
3. Dance Dub
4. Jah Is With You
5. Chopping Dub

SIDE B:
1. Pumping
2. Double Trouble
3. See No Evil
4. Pure Is The Soul
5. Rise Up

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