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15th April 2019

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Nairobi (Every Tongue Shall Tell); Lagos (Jericho Rock); Lusaka (Mad Mad Mad); Dakar (Gates Of Zion); Accra (African Beat) // Luanda (I’ll Be Around); Kampala (Take A Ride); Daressalam (Soulful Music); Lourenco Marques (La La La); Cairo (Hot Milk)

The first US pressings were originally issued in blank sleeves but can also be found in one of several generic sleeves.

Luanda (Every Tongue Shall Tell) ; Kampala (Jericho Rock); Daressalam (Mad Mad Mad); Lourenco Marques (Gates Of Zion); Cairo (African Beat) // Nairobi (I’ll Be Around); Lagos (Take A Ride); Lusaka (Soulful Music); Dakar (La La La); Accra (Hot Milk)

The first Jamaican pressings can usually be found in one of the standard house sleeves, including the Studio 1 Dub sleeve above, as well as a variety of custom made sleeves. Note the reversal of the track titles.

Luanda (Every Tongue Shall Tell) ; Kampala (Jericho Rock); Daressalam (Mad Mad Mad); Lourenco Marques (Gates Of Zion); Cairo (African Beat) // Nairobi (I’ll Be Around); Lagos (Take A Ride); Lusaka (Soulful Music); Dakar (La La La); Accra (Hot Milk)

Later represses (this one in a Studio 1 Disco sleeve) come with the Brentford Road, Kingston address on one side of the label and the Brooklyn, New York address on the other.

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AFRICAN RUB 'A' DUB
Dub Specialist (1980)

Studio One SOLP 0133
matrix: SOLP 0133

AFRICAN RUB 'A' DUB was the last of the dub albums to be released and is possibly the strongest of them all, with an excellent selection of rhythms that reflect the distinctive 1970s sound of the Studio One 12" discomix.

It was never issued in an official picture sleeve, and while there is only one mix of the album (all the issues share the same matrix number), the US editions differ significantly from the Jamaican editions. The titles are consistent and in the same order, but differ from side to side (track 1 on the A side of all editions is a version of Horace Andy's Every Tongue Shall Tell, but on the US releases it is listed as Nairobi and on the Jamaican releases it is listed as Luanda; and track 1 on the B side of all editions is a version of Otis Gayle's I'll Be Around, but on the US releases it is listed as Luanda and on the Jamaican releases listed as Nairobi.) Confusing, isn't it? The track lists on the labels of each side have simply been swapped over.
(Thanks to Cyrille Fouques for his help with this page.)

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AFRICAN RUB 'A' DUB
Dub Specialist (1980)

Studio One
matrix: SOLP 0133

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AFRICAN RUB 'A' DUB
Dub Specialist

Studio One
matrix: SOLP 0133

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AFRICAN RUB 'A' DUB
Dub Specialist

Studio One SOLP 0133
matrix: SOLP 0133

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Nairobi (Every Tongue Shall Tell); Lagos (Jericho Rock); Lusaka (Mad Mad Mad); Dakar (Gates Of Zion); Accra (African Beat) // Luanda (I’ll Be Around); Kampala (Take A Ride); Daressalam (Soulful Music); Lourenco Marques (La La La); Cairo (Hot Milk)

This custom sleeve was made by a German collector in the late 1990s. I have been told that only 42 copies were printed, which might account for the high prices now being paid for a copy at auction. Note that the track list on the rear of the sleeve follows the US format, but presumably you could choose which label edition of the LP to put in your jacket. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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