Two dubplate mixes… but this is all about the magnificent Version.
Black Ark one-away. Upsetters business through and through, though Phil Pratt was nominally running the session. Nice version, with a pound of fatback drums. That’s Bobby Kalphat on melodica.
Excellent, soulful, slowed-down interpretation of his own Studio One recording Contemplating In Your Mind. Phil Pratt at the controls this time.
Tough Roy Cousins’ productions from the early-eighties (longer than the original LP mixes).
Four heavyweight excursions. The vibesing Zacky is aka Survival, from the Ukhonto We Sizwe sessions. (Far I was murdered before the album could be finished.) The Junior Reid dub is absolute murder.
Top-notch Horace — on the rebound from Studio One — recorded by Phil Pratt in the early-seventies.
Lovely, early-seventies, group-harmony reasoning, produced by Phil Pratt, following up Rebel Nyah.
Sturdy Marvin Gaye version. Produced by Phil Pratt and originally released on the Sun Shot label.
Sixteen cuts of prime-period Black Art, all unreleased music or unreleased mixes (bar the Althea And Donna); mostly from master-tape, some dub-plates. Surely worth it just for The Fantels.
Early Black Ark version — dubwise, raw, stripped, rebel music.
Exclusive dubplate version of Rainbow Country — rougher, slower, deeper than the Daddy Kool. ‘It’s clear he loved with Perry,’ declares Pressure Sounds’ indiscreet sales text, noting Marley’s committed performance.
Nice and knockabout… and a touch quaint. Unmistakably Upsetters.
Stunning deep roots. Hymnal, hurting and intense — no flim-flam, no flash. Massive Shaka tune, but so what, when the record is this heartbreakingly killer. 1975 Chung Bros production; very special.
Massive, magnificent instrumental, sound-system murder since day one. The acoustic guitar is class.
Pretty vacant melodica version of the almighty Dennis Brown song What About The Half.
Sid Bucknor supervising a mix of master musicians from the London scene and JA visitors — Rico, Tan Tan, Lester Sterling, Winston Wright and co. Ace versions of Rebel Woman and the Lumumbo rhythm for starters.