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Torch Of Freedom

Keith Hudson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hot Milk
  • ASIN: B009GB97K8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen10. Five More Minutes Of Your Time 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. My Time 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Whether you know him as The Dark Prince Of Reggae, the Ghetto Dentist or just plain Keith, the legendary artist and producer Keith Hudson created some of the most idiosyncratic, innovative and atmospheric reggae that ever came out of Jamaica and Hot Milk Records are proud to present the uber- rare "Torch Of Freedom" as its first ever release. Hot Milk is a new label dedicated to re-issuing lost and hard to find roots reggae, dub and dancehall albums from the golden age of Jamaican music. Hudson was famous for his productions for reggae greats such as U Roy (Dynamic Fashion Way), Big Youth (S.90 Skank) and Dennis Alcapone (Spanish Amigo) before moving on to concentrate on his own singing. What followed was a groundbreaking and completely unique body of work that was arguably never bettered by any reggae producer. "Torch Of Freedom" is one more missing piece of the Keith Hudson discography that has gained a large following and re-issue treatment in the last few years after being out of print for so long. "Torch Of Freedom" fits neatly besides Keith Hudson's other classic albums such as "Pick A Dub", "Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood" and "Playing It Cool, Playing It Right" and shows the unique sound and vision of what Hudson's work as an artist and producer was all about. Sleeve notes are provided by well-respected reggae journalist John Masouri whose previous credits include the books "Wailing Blues: The Story Of Bob Marley's Wailers" and "Steppin' Razor: The Life Of Peter Tosh" and sleeve notes for re-issues of artists such as Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru and Israel Vibration. Originally released in 1975 this reissue contains the original artwork and has been unavailable for many years. Musicians include Carlton and Family Man Barrett, Earl Chinna Smith, Robbie Shakespeare, Candy McKenzie and The Soul Syndicate Band.

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5.0 out of 5 stars year of the dark prince rising 1 Dec 2012
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sometimes i just can't see past keith hudson, and this, the 2nd excellent re-issue of the year, only confirms the notion. in my favourite format (song, dub, song, dub etc), this is a belter of a record, much fabulous usage of lead guitar, and his own unique, subtle angle regarding the dubs. includes the superb "turn the heater on", later covered by new order, and has not been available for quite some time. which brings me to praise hot milk for making it their 1st release. might i make a couple of suggestions for future issues? "m16" by lone ranger, "disarmament" by ras michael, most of big youth's catalogue. in any case, look forward to future re-issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great release, and great debut for a new label . . . 3 Jan 2013
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Keith Hudson was one of reggae's odder practitioners, as he never adhered very well to orthodox production techniques (or even instrumentation) and had an oddball voice some found endearing but others found nearly unlistenable. His artistic vision was likewise liberated from reggae norms . . . what would have been considered innovatory for anyone else was just par for the course for him.

"Torch Of Freedom" is one of the great missing pieces of the Keith Hudson oeuvre. Out of print for years, it's been long sought after by both aficionados and the mildly curious, many of whom discovered Hudson's "Turn The Heater On" (included here) from New Order's "Peel Sessions" release, one of very few covers they attempted, and apparently a personal favorite of Ian Curtis. "Torch Of Freedom" finally sees CD release courtesy of the Hot Milk imprint, who've done an outstanding job with sound and presentation. The artwork reproduces the original cover, and the 16-page booklet has extensive liner notes, credits and photos. This is Hot Milk's debut release.

Hudson's is known as "The Dark Prince Of Reggae," which overstates the extent to which his music actually sounds sinister or menacing, though it's generally not light-hearted fare. Some of the mystery and intrigue that mark his reputation may rest in the fact that his song craft was one in which vibe nearly always took precedent over form. Guitar and synth parts weave around the rhythm tracks in a way that's untypical for reggae, but it's not exactly jazz or rock and roll either. Consequently, dub pieces don't always emphasize the intensity or elasticity of the rhythm as is the norm, but may simply be meditative explorations on a groove, melody or feel that seem incomplete, but still satisfy.

One Hudson technique I really love is the way a rhythm will start with only a short drum beat or perhaps on bar of rhythm before Hudson hops in and starts singing, with rarely a break of instrumental space, then rides the song through to its conclusion with little more than a fragment of chorus or bridge. One such song is Five More Minutes Of Your Time," which has a bridge structured almost entirely by a rise in intonation of Hudson't voice, and a chorus that's four seconds long at best. It lasts 1:31! And it's really all you need! Hudson managed to cram a lot of ideas into a very short period of time (only "Turn The Heater On" and its dub version break the 3:00 mark) without his songs seeming minimalist or fragmentary.

Hudson may have been one of the few reggae producers who continued to produce deep and inventive music after reggae's heyday, but we'll never know. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 37.
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