Keith Hudson – Pick A Dub (1974)

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“In his excellent book England’s Dreaming, Jon Savage refers to Pick a Dub as ‘the greatest dub album ever, twelve cuts, all fantastic.’ It’s easy to concur with Savage’s assesment, with the lone caveat that there are some Lee Perry and King Tubby sides that might be as good. That caveat notwithstanding, Pick a Dub is sensational, arguably the crowning achievement of Hudson’s career. In fact, coming as early as it did in the development of dub — it was originally released in 1974 — Pick a Dub is seminal work, a landmark in progressive remixing on a par with early King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, and Rupie Edwards. What makes this record so scintillating is the intensity of the bass and drums, as well as Hudson’s relatively naked production. There are not a lot of goofy sound effects and studio screwing around, just buckets of blood and sweat all rolled into a seductive slab of percussive heaviness that will rattle every filling in your head. Once a forgotten obscurity, Pick a Dub was rescued by the folks at Blood and Fire, who re-released it in 1994. Go buy it today.”
allmusic

Pick a Dub is a 1974 album by Jamaican producer and musician Keith Hudson. Critically well received, it is widely regarded as an important work in the dub music genre which evolved out of reggae. Featuring remixes of earlier material, it focuses on heavy drums and bass guitar, with echoing vocals to underscore the intense percussive rhythm. Carlton and Aston Barrett and Augustus Pablo contributed music, while vocal fragments include Hudson, Horace Andy and Big Youth. The album was originally released under the labels of Klik and Atra, with a 1994 reissue by Blood and Fire.”
Wikipedia

YouTube: Part 1-2 Dubwise (from “Pick A Dub”) 1975

YouTube: A1 Pick A Dub A2 Black Heart A3 Michael Talbot Affair A4 Don’t Move A5 Blood Brother A6 Dreader Than B1 In The Rain B2 Part 1-2 Dubwise B3 Black Right B4 Satia B5 I’m All Right B6 Depth Charge

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