Prince Hammer’s militant World War Dub

world-war-dub-part-1Jamaican deejay and producer Prince Hammer’s hard to find late 70s dub album World War Dub Part. 1 has recently been reissued by UK’s Horus Records.

Prince Hammer started as a deejay only in his teens and when he was barely 20 his Maurice ”Blacka” Wellington-produced set Bible was put out by Virgin Records in the UK. Prince Hammer soon also turned towards production, and he is himself responsible for World War Dub Part. 1, a ten track album originally released by Hit Run – a forerunner to Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound – in 1979.

World War Dub was recorded at Channel One and mixed at King Tubby’s and is just as militant as the album title suggests. Tracks like Mussolini, Hitler, D. Day Dub and Churchill are heavy like a tank and ruthless like a a kamikaze pilot.

The tracks on this raw dub album were in all but one case taken from the original mastertape, and the audio quality is excellent throughout. It comes with original artwork and sleevenotes, notes that are more extensive on the CD issue.

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