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Big Seven - The Best of Judge Dread

Judge Dread

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Sexually explicit (or "slack") lyrics have a long history in calypso and reggae music. But slackness never found a more devoted or bizarre exponent than Alex "Judge Dread" Hughes, a British singer who made a number of albums in the early '70s that were considerable hits in the U.K. Toasting and singing over instrumental tracks that were either created in Jamaica or imitations of classic Kingston rhythms, Judge Dread brought a distinctly English sensibility to the genre. Wordplay and double-entendre that sounded sly and subversive in the mouths of Caribbean artists like Prince Buster and Lord Kitchener came across as schoolboy toilet-talk when delivered by Judge Dread -- reggae for the Benny Hill crowd. One of the interesting things that this retrospective collection reveals is that Judge Dread was actually not a bad singer, when he bothered to sing; his (inevitable) rendition of the Chuck Berry novelty song "My Ding a Ling" is nicely done, as is "Blue Cross Code," a refreshingly non-slack number (unless these American ears are missing a piece of distinctively British double-entendre). But for the most part, this stuff is musically derivative and will only be funny to those who are in regular touch with their inner ten-year-old boy.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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1
Big Six
00:03:01

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

2
One Armed Bandit
00:02:36

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer - Desmond Bryan, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Big Seven
00:03:22

Edwards, Writer - Lemon, Writer - Judge Dread, Composer, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer - J. H. Heldt, Writer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

4
All In the Mind
00:03:26

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Deception
00:02:59

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer - Desmond Bryan, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Mary Ann
00:01:23

Judge Dread, Arranger, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer - Desmond Bryan, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

7
My Ding-A-Ling
00:02:30

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

8
The Biggest Bean You've Ever Seen
00:02:24

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer - Desmond Bryan, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

9
The Blue Cross Code
00:02:12

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer - Desmond Bryan, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

10
Dread's Almanack
00:02:12

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer - Desmond Bryan, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1972 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

11
Big Eight
00:03:22

Judge Dread, MainArtist - A Bush Production, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

12
Oh She's a Big Girl Now
00:02:36

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer - Des Bryan, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

13
Big One
00:03:54

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer - Des Bryan, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

14
Molly
00:02:38

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

15
Dr. Kitch
00:03:25

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1973 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

16
Big Nine
00:05:11

Judge Dread, MainArtist - A Bush Production, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1974 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

17
Nine and a Bit Skank
00:03:42

Judge Dread, MainArtist - A Bush Production, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1974 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

18
Dance of the Snods
00:02:48

Judge Dread, MainArtist - A Bush Production, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1974 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

19
Take Off Your Clothes
00:04:22

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1974 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

20
The Belle of Snodland Town
00:03:36

Judge Dread, MainArtist - An Alted Production, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1974 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

21
Big Five
00:03:04

Judge Dread, MainArtist - An Alted Production, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1974 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

22
Dread's Law
00:02:26

Judge Dread, MainArtist - Joe Sinclair, Producer - Webster Shrowder, Producer - Desmond Bryan, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1974 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

23
What Kung Fu Dat
00:02:14

Judge Dread, MainArtist - An Alted Production, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1974 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

24
Je T'aime (Moi Non Plus)
00:02:21

Judge Dread, MainArtist - An Alted Production, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1975 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

25
Look a Pussy
00:03:10

Judge Dread, MainArtist - An Alted Production, Producer

© 2003 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1975 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

Album Description

Sexually explicit (or "slack") lyrics have a long history in calypso and reggae music. But slackness never found a more devoted or bizarre exponent than Alex "Judge Dread" Hughes, a British singer who made a number of albums in the early '70s that were considerable hits in the U.K. Toasting and singing over instrumental tracks that were either created in Jamaica or imitations of classic Kingston rhythms, Judge Dread brought a distinctly English sensibility to the genre. Wordplay and double-entendre that sounded sly and subversive in the mouths of Caribbean artists like Prince Buster and Lord Kitchener came across as schoolboy toilet-talk when delivered by Judge Dread -- reggae for the Benny Hill crowd. One of the interesting things that this retrospective collection reveals is that Judge Dread was actually not a bad singer, when he bothered to sing; his (inevitable) rendition of the Chuck Berry novelty song "My Ding a Ling" is nicely done, as is "Blue Cross Code," a refreshingly non-slack number (unless these American ears are missing a piece of distinctively British double-entendre). But for the most part, this stuff is musically derivative and will only be funny to those who are in regular touch with their inner ten-year-old boy.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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