Dub War Coxsone VS Quaker City [1981]

Dub War Coxsone VS Quaker City [1981]

Dub War Coxsone VS Quaker City [1981]

Dub War Coxsone VS Quaker City [1981]

First released in 1981 on Canadian label Imperial Records, this dub album is a rarity that put two of the leading UK sound systems, Coxsone and Quaker City, head to head in a clash on vinyl.

It is fair to say that this album probably went under the radar for many people, but in recent years modern artists and producers like Skream have name checked this album as an influence.

The album was mixed by Scientist and showcases some of his best mixing work.

The artwork is pretty incredible showing an intense war montage all hand painted in dull brown, green, and yellow.

The artwork was by Jeff Browne, who also created a small number of other reggae album sleeves for other Canadian labels like the Puff Records release of Barrington Levy’s ‘Run Come Ya!

One of the great things about the current digitization of music and back catalogues means that this once rare vinyl release is now easily accessible for download, so you should definitly check it out.

Tracklist
A1 Third & Fourth Generation – Dub
A2 Coxsone Feel This One – Dub
A3 Streight In The Boy Coxsone Chest – Dub
A4 The Man Never Immetiate Always Orriginate – Dub
A5 Ride On – Dub
B1 Run Come Listen Coxsone – Dub
B2 Murderer Style – Dub
B3 Scientist Say Papa Coxsone Gone – Dub
B4 Give Them Dub Coxsone – Dub
B5 Coxsone A Chemist In A This – Dub

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Dangerous Dub – King Tubby Meets Roots Radics [1981]

Dangerous Dub - King Tubby Meets Roots Radics [1981]

Dangerous Dub - King Tubby Meets Roots Radics [1981]

Dangerous Dub - King Tubby Meets Roots Radics [1981]

Now this is a wicked cover.

A simple design – the military style stamp, jet black cover with blood red text – there is no mistaking this for a pop record, this is a record that wants you to know it is heavy and dark.

Dangerous Dub – King Tubby Meets Roots Radics was released in 1981 on Copasetic, a London based label that specialized in Dub music.

The rear of the sleeve was also pretty cool and came designed with a ‘government health warning’ stamp that read: “Government Health Warning: This record could permanently affect your future musical appreciation.

This is a sparse and dark dub album, that featured rhythm tracks from the Roots Radics band, who at the time included Flabba Holt, Bingy Bunny, Scully and more.

Even though the album is credited on the rear as being mixed by King Tubby, it was actually mixed by Scientist, and the erroneous credit to King Tubby was probably done on purpose to boost interest in the release.

Tracklist
A1 Country Gal Dub
A2 Loud Mouth Rock
A3 Up Town Special
A4 Hungry Belly Dub
A5 Shepherd Bush In Dub
B1 London Bridge Special
B2 Earthquake Shake
B3 Rice Grain Rock
B4 Banana And Yam Skank
B5 Knife And Fork Dubwise

The album was later re-released in 1996 on Greensleeves Records with a few extra tracks.

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