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Keith Hudson – Brand (1979)

Posted in Adrian Sherwood, Dub, Keith Hudson, Pressure Sounds with tags , , , on November 4, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Another amazing chunk of dub, Brand is the dub version of Keith Hudson’s Rasta Communication. And if you think Pick a Dub was tough to find, Brand was assumed to have fallen into a crack in the universe. Only available at outrageous collector’s prices, Brand was finally rescued by producer and dub mastermind Adrian Sherwood for his label Pressure Sounds. Exhilarating and powerful, Brand proves that Pick a Dub was no fluke and that Hudson was simultaneously writing and rewriting the book of dub. …”
Keith Hudson the Rasta Communicator
YouTube: Felt The Strain (Rasta Took The Blame), My Eyes Are Red Dub, National Anthem Dub 2, Image Dub, Rub Dub (Rasta Communication – King Saul), Barrabas Dub

Keith Hudson – Flesh of My Skin: Blood of My Blood (1975)

Posted in Dub, Keith Hudson with tags , on July 17, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Producer Keith Hudson notched up his first hit in 1968 with Ken Boothe’s “Old Fashioned Way.” Many more followed in its wake, excellent vocal numbers, sizzling DJ cuts, and extraordinary instrumentals all found favor with the public. What were receiving less notice, however, were Hudson’s own self-productions, and in 1974, the singing producer decided to shift his attention from producing others to producing himself. Relocating to London, Hudson set to work recording; the result later that year was the Flesh of My Skin Blood of My Blood album. It proved particularly popular in the London sound systems, as did the following year’s Torch of Freedom, resulting in his signing to the Virgin label, suggesting they hadn’t listened closely to either set. Although Flesh of My Skin is an extraordinary album, even at its most accessible, it’s filled with slight quirks that preclude any hope of mass market success. The lavish ‘Treasures of the World,’ sweet lover’s rock with notable crossover appeal, is a prime example; its lushness and sweeping melody foiled by a slightly too-insistent-for-its-time reggae rhythm and pattering hand drums. The even more extravagant ‘No Friend of Mine’ could have been a chart-topping ballad in other hands, but is similarly undone by the percussion, disconnected synth, downbeat lyrics, and Hudson’s own vocal limitations. …”

YouTube: Blood of my blood, Stabiliser, Fight Your Revolution, Darkest Night, My Nocturne

Keith Hudson – Pick A Dub (1974)

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Dub, Keith Hudson with tags , , on June 11, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“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.”

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.”

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