Playing It Cool & Playing It Right (LP)

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Format: LP 
Label: Week-End Records 
Year: 2024 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 


A1 Playing It Cool
A2 Playing It Right Dub
A3 Trust & Believe
A4 In I Dub
A5 California
A6 By Night Dub

B1 Not Good For Us
B2 Formula Dub
B3 Be What You Want To Be
B4 Be Good Dub
B5 I Can't Do Without You
B6 Still Need You Dub

Originally released in 1981.

Possibly the dankest "showcase" LP ever released, featuring 6 vocals and 6 dubs from Keith Hudson, roots reggae's greatest auteur.

Hudson broke through at the turn of the 1970s as both a daring young producer for artists such as U-Roy, Big Youth, Ken Boothe, and Horace Andy, and a self-produced performer with an unpolished but undeniably affecting vocal style.

In 1974 he produced two landmark albums: "Pick A Dub", one of the first official dub albums, and "Flesh Of My Skin, Blood Of My Blood" -- the first concept album in reggae history, bridging the emerging divide in reggae music between the emotional immediacy of lived experience and the mystical intellectualism of Afrocentric philosophy.

In 1976, Hudson decamped to New York City, started the Joint International label, and produced the equally unique "Rasta Communication" and "Brand" LPs, along with the funk-infused "Too Expensive".

In 1981, he created the dub masterpiece "Playing It Cool, Playing It Right" which he produced with the help of Wackie's founder and mastermind Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes.

Recycling a number of rhythms from Hudson's early classics, the album continues Hudson's psycho-acoustic journey into the abyss of existence. Hudson's production techniques are fascinating on this album; rarely has a dub record sounded so electrifying, with radical spatial sound spreading out in all directions and rarely has it been as crystal clear as within these tracks.

20 years since its last pressing, "Playing It Cool, Playing It Right" is now finally available again, with a newly revised master and a rare interview with Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes about the making of this amazing album.

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