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Keith Hudson
Pick A Dub

One of the earliest dub albums to be released (1974). Ultra-heavy bass and drum rhythms propelled by Carlton and Aston Barrett (better known as the Wailers' rhythm section) collide with snatches of vocal from Horace Andy, Big Youth and Hudson himself. More than 20 years after the record's first release the raw edge of experimentation still shocks and excites.




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1Pick A Dub
2Black Heart
3Michael Talbot Affair
4Don't Move
5Blood Brother
6Dreaded Than
7In the Rain
8Part 1-2 Dubwise
9Black Right
10Satia
11I'm All Right
12Depth Charge

What the press say:

Many souls have been touched by the militant, magical contributions to reggae made by the late Keith Hudson. New Order have covered 'Turn The Heater On'- Ian Curtis' favourite song - as a tribute to their deceased vocalist. Africans still try to unravel the mysteries of 'Civilisation'. John Peel swears by 'Nah Skin Up'. And the cabal that includes Elliot Rashman and Andy Dodd - managers of Simply Red - have seen fit to reissue this blueprint-like dub LP as part of an ongoing archival series. Although best known in later years as an artist in his own right, Keith Hudson was a producer of note who wasn't afraid of challenging Jamaican musical conventions. Rather than run with the wolf-pack and imitate others, he took the raw material of the moment and made something idiosyncratic and personal with the results. Thus, 'Pick A Dub' has the eerie quality of an experiment being conducted in a laboratory wherein the professor doesn't know what lasting effects the results would have. This is dub as a musical, melodic mosaic; drum sounds that anticipate today's technology, deep bass, snatches of phased and/or played instruments, the odd truncated vocal. With backing raw material by the Barrett brothers (the Wailers rhythm section) and Soul Syndicate, Keith Hudson takes the tracks to another plane, often ending the tracks as if he were switching off a light bulb. 'Michael Talbot Affair' reworks 'House Of The Rising Sun' as swampy reggae and the cut of 'Declaration Of Rights', first cut by the Abyssinians and here titled 'Black Right', is an index of the possibilities of dub. 'Don't Move' even manages to anticipate late '80's 'selector' practices - it's centre of gravity all askew. Let's just hope Keith Hudson's estate is properly recompensed for this gift. Dele Fadele - NME, July '94

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