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Sounds and Pressure Vol. 7 (Pressure Sounds)

Pressure Sounds Sounds and Pressure Vol. 7 is the latest in the long line of brilliantly-produced compilation albums from the UK record label. 

The album includes a killer Lee “Scratch” Perry/Tommy Cowan production titled “Gone to Negril,” sung by Althea and Donna.  Producer Tommy Cowan cut the first version of the ‘Gone to Negril’ rhythm for Devon Irons to voice the song ‘Jerusalem’ on. He then returned to the same rhythm for the follow to the pop hit ‘Up Town Top Ranking’ with Althea and Donna for ‘Gone to Negril’.  Somewhere along the line prompted by Bob Marley, Tommy Cowan took the tapes up to the Black Ark. Anyone who was coming from another planet who wanted to know what Lee Perry was about would be well advised to listen to the all out dub audio assault of ‘Crazy Negril’.

Pressure Sounds describes the dub:

“Like a careering car that Perry just about maintains control off ‘Crazy Negril’ screeches whirls and zooms from one side to the other of the musical track. Possibly because it was a ‘mix’ that he was asked to do for someone else from the outside Perry throws caution to the wind and adds a simple rhythm box as well as whistles and a cow bell to amazing effect. It’s a an inspired version and adds to the slightly commercial song on the A side. Although ‘Gone to Negril’ has its lyrical moments as well. Anyone who rhymes ‘Adam and Eve without their leafs’ and ‘Feminine gender ranking agenda’ is alright by me.”

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Who can forget Gladstone Anderson’s majestic “Holy Mount Zion?”  This tune by the elder pianist and de facto member of the Roots Radics appears on Sounds and Pressure along with a massive dub version featuring the Radics in full assault.

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Diggory Kenrick and The Prophets feature three cuts on Sounds and Pressure, “Oppression” plus two dub versions.  A rocking take on Yabby’s ‘Jah Jah Way’ rhythm which itself was re-worked by Yabby and Scientist into the ‘Stop Upression Now’ dub. This uptempo stepper gets re-worked by Diggory Kenricks smooth soulful flute.  Listeners must check the Pressure Sounds 10″ release of these crucial cuts:  three cuts stretched over a ten inch vinyl. An extended dub on the flipside by On U Sound founder member Martin Harrison who also worked extensively with This Heat. Comes in a National Bird sleeve.

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If that’s not enough to satisfy your soul, the compilation also features two classic cuts from the great Barry Brown, a rare track from Yabby You, and tracks from Freddy McKay and David Isaacs.

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