Dub Syndicate
No Bed of Roses
Lion & Roots 2004


Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Dub Syndicate the Boom X De Devil Dead 1987

01 – No bed of roses
02 – Private I
03 – Jamaican proverb
04 – Fire burning
05 – Hard & tuff
06 – Uplifting
07 – Nothing comes easy
08 – Adam & eve
09 – Kingston 14
10 – Kingston 14 version
11 – Fire burning version
12 – Adam & eve mix


Sonia Pottinger – Marcus Garvey (Bag-O-Wire)
Roots Music International 1976

One of the first reggae-dub albums I knew was the famous
Bag-O-Wire. A Sonia Pottinger project from 1975. It was
also known as Marcus Garvey. On this Dutch release from
1976 the titles are changed in Prophecy 1 to 5, Fullfillment
1 & 2 and finally Judgement 1 to 3. I have this Dutch RMILP 03.
The Dutch release speaks of 10 tracks while the album has 11.
Together with some mistakes in the English liner-notes,
it is a bit of a mess. I have taken the original titles
and added the original images.

Eind jaren zeventig maakte ik kennis met deze klassieker.
Het was een van de eerste dub-albums die we hoorden.
Bag-O-Wire, een Sonia Pottinger project, ook bekend als
Marcus Garvey. Op de Nederlandse uitgave uit 1976 zijn de
titels veranderd in Prophecy 1 tot 5, Fullfillment 1 & 2 en
Judgement 1 tot 3. Ik heb die Nederlandse RMILP 03.
Deze uitvoering spreekt van 10 titels terwijl er 11
opstaan. Samen met enkele fouten in de Engelse
liner-notes een beetje een rommeltje. Ik heb
de originele titels genomen en de
originele afbeeldingen toegevoegd ..

Discogs NL
Discogs UK

01 – Rock fort
02 – Gully
03 – Bag-o-wire
04 – Resovoir
05 – Poison ivy
06 – Judas
07 – Chapter
08 – Warrika hill
09 – Dubonic
10 – Skankeboo
11 – Dragon fly


Vibronics – Dubliftment
Universal 2004

01 – Only one dub
02 – Mount zion-I
03 – Dub forever
04 – Deep root dub
05 – Red, gold & green
06 – Highland dub
07 – Dub herbs
08 – Volcano
09 – East end dub
10 – Dub struggle
11 – Sound minded
12 – Dinosaur


Fat Man Ridim Section – Bald Head Justice
Top Ranking Sounds 1978

Early eighties, with a couple of friends, we really got stuck in reggae
music. An album that was permanently on the side of the turntable
was this dub version of Jacob Miller’s ‘Wanted’. Bald Head Justice
with the Fat Man Ridim Section of Ian Lewis and his buddies with
Sly and Robbie. I was totally hooked on this one. It is not complex
but somehow has a special touch, nice guitars horns and keys.
A dub lover’s treat you don’t wanna miss out on. I must
have played it thousands of times ..

In de vroege jaren tachtig ben ik met een aantal vrienden echt
even blijven steken in de reggae. Een plaat die niet van de draai-
tafel week was deze dub versie van Jacob Miller’s lp ‘Wanted’.
Bald Head Justice met de Fat Man Ridim Section van Ian Lewis
en zijn companen en met Sly en Robbie. Ik was compleet ver-
slingerd aan dit album. Hij is niet ingewikkeld maar heeft op
de een of andere manier iets bijzonders. Een dub
liefhebber’s droom plaat die je niet wil missen ..

” ..Jah will never give the power to
a bald head man, to judge a rasta man .. ”

Jacob Miller – Wanted 1978
Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard 1975
Wagon of Dub 1982
.. meets Downtown Horns 1979

tracks ;

01 – Straight to cuddley’s chest
02 – Wareira hill rock
03 – The “black” spy
04 – Joshua “A” loaf
05 – “Copper” bullet
06 – S.M.G. skank
07 – Laughing babylon
08 – Pass the pipe
09 – Badness never pay


Scientist – Scientific Dub


tracks ;

01 – Drum song dub
02 – Keep a good dub rubbing
03 – Taxi to baltimore dub
04 – Satta dread dub
05 – Every dub shall scrub
06 – Black a shade of dub
07 – Bad days dub
08 – East of scientist corner
09 – Just say dub… who
10 – Words of dub


African Head Charge – Drastic Season
On U Sound 1983

African Head Charge, voorkant

African Head Charge, achterkant detail

Houd je van lekker vreemd instrumentaal getrommel
en geblieb ? De meester op dit terrein was begin jaren
tachtig zonder twijfel Adrian Sherwood. Hier hebben we
nog zo’n sterk staaltje bizarre geluiden, congas, bongos,
friction drums, fish, cabassa, keukenpannen, basgitaren,
keyboards, chinese luit, elektrische percussie etcetera..

Do you like some nice and weird instrumental drumming
and blieping ? Absolute master in this territory was early
eighties without doubt Adrian Sherwood. Here we have
another fine example of bizar sounds, congas, bongos,
friction drums, fish, cabassa, kitchenpans, bass guitars,
keyboards, chinese lute, electric percussion etcetera..

titels ;

01 – Timbuktu express
02 – I want water
03 – Bazaar
04 – African hedge hog
05 – Depth charge
06 – Fruit market
07 – Snake in the hole
08 – Many generations


Scientist meets the Space Invaders
Greensleeves 1981

Scientist, front

First, light up a spliff, then sit down and suck in
this slice of dubbing adventure. Okay, now light up
another spliff, turn up the volumes of your stereo,
kick aside your furniture and experience some of
the best pounding dub beats ever made on earth.
It was 1981, a flock of spaceships entered the
London atmosphere. Hopeton Brown, better
known as Scientist was luckily around with
the Roots Radics to save the day. Tony
McDermott made the snapshot at a
perfect moment and captured our
young hero in full action.
Sowell, Bingy Bunny,
Flabba, Style & Santa,
Sky Juice & Skully,
Steely & Winston,
Gladdie, they were all
there with Maxie, Banabas
& Crucial Bunny, Linvall Thompson
and Mickie ‘Roots’ Scott,
Dub away…


1 Beam down
2 Red shift
3 Time warp
4 Cloning process
5 Pulsar
6 Laser attack
7 Dematerialize
8 Fission
9 Supernova explosion
10 Quasar


King Tubby’s – King at the Control
Tad’s Records

King Tubby's, front

Tad's label

..wanna get some harddubbing roots..? smokin’ pumpin’
rubbadub by the hardest of dem all ? King Tubby’s
went to England and made his islandsound in the
cold for a change, obscure record with blanco
backsleeve, on Tad’s records, if you know
a year of release, can ya tell us too ?
..gimme some feedback if it hits ya..

about the tracklist, label claims 5 numbers on
each side but b-side only has three. I am only guessing
that the longer track #8 is in fact numbers 8,9 and 10.


1 King tubby’s special
2 Tad’s special
3 Winter dub
4 Raving dub
5 Dread dub
6 Eastwood dub
7 General saint dub
8 Ranimo dub
– Dub up dub
– Nkrumah dub


Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt -Roots Radics DubTad’s

Flabba, front

Yesterday evening I went to a concert of Israel Vibration in the
Amsterdam ‘Melkweg’. They appeared with the Roots Radics
and pulled of a wonderful show. Ever since the departure of
Apple, I guess in 1997, the once so famous trio turned to
continue as a duo. I must say Skelly and Wiss made a
huge entree and had the Melkweg at their feet. Remarkable
was the fact they had three microphones while singing with
two. As if they meant to say; ” Whenever you feel like it,
Apple, you’re welcome to join us again..”  Absolutely
marvelous to find Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt and Dwight Pickney
( I thought it was Bingy Bunny ) still performing in the band
they founded in the seventies. After the show I had the
pleasure of meeting with Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt and be able to
tell him what a star and heroe he is.
An evening to remember, listen to an oldie,
Flabba in dub,…yes I…. seen.. ?


1   Flabba dub
2   Screw face dub
3   Bronx bommers
4   Macka dub
5   Ark special
6   Satta dub
7   Criple man scank
8   Rub a dub style
9   Murder dub
10  Super special dub


King Tubby meets Rockers Uptown- Augustus Pablo, Clock Tower


If you’re into dub music, King Tubby’s name alone must
get you excited. He is one of the inventors of the style
and that shows. With artists like Robert Shakespear, Aston
Barret, Earl Smith, Carlton Barret, Augustus Pablo, Richard
( Dirty Harry ) Hall, Bobby Ellis and Vincent Gordon, this LP
contains some of the most historic dub recordings.


1 Keep on dubbing
2 Stop them jah
3 Young generation dub
4 Each one dub
5 555 dub street
6 Braces tower dub
7 King Tubby meets rockers uptown
8 Corner crew dub
9 Say so
10 Skanking dub
11 Frozen dub


Ruts DC – Rhythm Collision, Bohemian Records 1982

To have us a little variety, I thought some dub wouldn’t
hurt. Early 80’s, when we were listening to loads of reggae,
this LP came out and dublovers as we were, it scored enormously.
I am still thrilled to hear it after all those years.
Engineered by Mad Professor, Dub along groovers.


1 Whatever we do
2 Militant
3 Push yourself-Make it work
4 Rhythm collision
5 Accusation
6 Pleasures of the dance
7 Weak heart dub
8 Love and fire