Dub In Blood
Skin, Flesh & Bones
Pressure Sounds
CD / Vinyl LP
Februari 14, 2016

Track list
  1. Dub In Blood
  2. Skin Dub
  3. Flesh Dub
  4. Bones Dub
  5. Heart Dub
  6. Suit Your Dub
  7. Dub To The Vein
  8. Injection In Dub
  9. Syringe Dub
  10. Doctor Dub
  11. Oversize Dub
  12. Bandwagon Dub
  13. Religion Dub
  14. It De Hay Dub
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By the end of 1976 the initial trickle of dub albums had become a flood and virtually every producer had his or her own dub album(s) on sale or were about to release them. A variety of styles were on offer, based on the divergent kinds of riddims employed, from rocksteady originals to Pablovian rockers, and the different approaches of the engineers reworking them.

At that time also producer Phil Pratt, who first ventured into production with a very young Horace Andy around 1966, but only established a distinctive sound for himself in 1972-74 with soulful vocals over hard-driving riddim tracks, started to release dub albums. "Dub In Blood", issued in Jamaica in tiny quantities on Phil Pratt's Sunshot label, was the first in a series of dub albums he put out. Yet confusingly the same LP was also issued in England on the Student label with different track titles and renamed "The Best Dub Album In The World". Now, some 40 years after its original release, Pressure Sounds have re-issued the "Dub In Blood" set, with the addition of 3 dubs on the vinyl LP and 5 on the CD.

The original 9 tracks from the "Dub In Blood" LP (and not 10 as was listed on the original album sleeve) were recorded and mixed at Channel One studios by Ernest Hoo Kim and Ossie Hibbert. Among dub fans the latter is probably best known for his work on "Earthquake Dub" and "Leggo Dub". However "Dub In Blood" was released about two years earlier than those albums, and, for the most part, its dubbed up tracks - laid by Skin, Flesh And Bones, primarily a live rather than a studio band centred around the drumming of Sly Dunbar - have a very light touch. The original tracks from "Dub In Blood" are dub versions of riddims that underpinned tunes from Al Campbell and Earl George aka George Faith. Not every dub will instantly recall the vocal version (also because there are no vocal fragments in the mix), but it's obvious that the title track, "Dub In Blood", comes from Al Campbell's "Gee Baby", while "Skin Dub" is from Earl George's "Love Is Something". One of the most ear-catching dubs here is "Bones", the dub version of another tune by Earl George, namely "One And Only".

All bonus tracks are credited to The Sunshot Band and include versions of three All Campbell tunes namely "Suit Your Dub" ("Suit Yourself"), "Oversize Dub" ("Oversize Man"), and Bandwagon Dub ("Rasta Dread Bandwagon"). The remaining two tracks are Religion Dub", the dub for Jah Woosh deejay piece "Religion Dread", and "It De Hay Dub", which is a version of Freddie McKay's "It Deh Sah". All these dub versions have vocal fragments which gives them some extra punch. In particular noteworthy is the dub to Al Campbell's "Natty Dread Bandwagon", which was recorded by Lee “Scratch” Perry at his legendar Black Ark studio. Also great to hear is "Religion Dub", which appeared on the flipside of the 1976 released Jah Woosh single "Religion Dread".

All in all "Dub In Blood" is a good album with some delightful bonus tracks.