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African Anthems
African Anthems

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seamless Dub Classic!, 22 Feb 2013
This review is from: African Anthems (Audio CD)
Michael "Dread" Campbell is sometimes associated with The Clash, but for me it's this classic dub album that he should be remembered. The dialogue clips have been sampled so frequently that it must be the most sampled reggae album ever! Listen to the album in one go and there is an overall cohesion and dedication to creating something original. The playing is top draw, including some majestic xylophone playing from Augustus Pablo on Technical Selection, as are the rhythms, some of which are versions of tracks he produced for his own labels, like the classic Country Man by Edi Fitzroy. When I listen to this album, I have to listen to it as a whole, because that's how it works, the tracks blend together as a complete album experience.

The Sound Doctor (1972-1978)
The Sound Doctor (1972-1978)
Price: £13.25

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cure that itch, with some Scratch!, 19 Nov 2012
I have been listening to and collecting Lee Perry's productions from the 70's for 35 plus years, but on this excellent compilation from Pressure Sounds, there are 24 tracks I've never heard before, though some of the rhythm tracks are familiar to me. The album artist is actually listed as "Lee Perry and The Sufferers", which gives the listener an idea of the music contained on it. In 1972 Scratch stated his ambition to build a studio where the "Sufferers" could record, hence Black Ark studio, built in his back garden! There are tracks by artists I've never heard of and old favourites, such as Junior Byles, U Roy and a young Dillinger.

There are many highlights, but I'm particularly fond of the original version of 006 by U Roy, without the overdubs that Trojan put on the Double Seven album version. Also two great vocal tracks, one by Tony Fearon, of The Gladiators, "Message to the Nation" and "Standing on the Hill" by Shenley Duffus. But every track has something to offer Scratch addicts!

This is the seventh Lee Perry productions album released by Pressure Sounds, and the quality has never dropped below excellent, so check him out!

Police And Thieves
Police And Thieves
Price: £7.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Simmering Classic!, 14 Aug 2012
This review is from: Police And Thieves (Audio CD)
It's a big mistake to write off this album as a classic title track with a load of filler on it, but all the songs are strong, the rhythms majestic, the vocal arrangements understated, but perfect. It might not be as trendy to like as The Congos magnificent debut, but I think it has more relevance today, in terms of the subject matter contained within it.

Learning To Cope With Cowardice
Learning To Cope With Cowardice
Price: £15.22

5.0 out of 5 stars 30 years ahead of it's time!, 16 Mar 2012
A classic album from Mark Stewart. This is not an easy listen, but then neither are any of his other albums. The music matches the comfort-free lyrics, by being jarring, jagged, distorted, in the red and at times bruising, but there is rhythm and it works! It's still vital and relevant 30 years after it was orignally recorded. If you like your music adventurous and difficult, then treat yourself to this magnificent album!

Pablo In Moonlight City
Pablo In Moonlight City
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Steppers Classic!, 19 Aug 2010
Augustus Pablo's melodica is underpinned by a driving, heavy rhythm that was used to great affect on a re-done "Please Officer" by Earl Zero, also well worth downloading. Majestic, is the word that applies to these two tracks!

Giant Steps/De Old Folks At Home
Giant Steps/De Old Folks At Home
Price: £4.75

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contrast!, 20 May 2010
Ignore the review describing, 'De Ole Folks At Home' as "awful", it's great and shows that Taj Mahal is a champion of the history of blues music, not just out to make a quick buck! The contrast between the songs on 'Giant Step' and 'De Ole Folks At Home' works really well! The first is electric city blues and the second is country/delta blues, of the sort I'd love to hear... well anywhere really!!!

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