VillaBoy, Oct 08, 2003
Some fantastic tunes here, especially the title track "Red Bumb Ball". Although seldom heard in this, it's original 1967 form it is very well known as the backing track for Shorty's "Hot Bomb".
Every song here is a winner, the rhythm hypnotic and the bass pulsing. These few years that were the transition from ska to reggae have a unique earthy feel about them and are massively under-represented in most collections.
The recordings are not pristine. Pressure Sounds have resisited the temptation to try to clean these recordings up with all of the losses that it causes. There is slight hiss and crackle all over the place, but it all adds to the feel and only makes it sound better.
If you are a newcomer who wants to know what rocksteady is all about, or want to add to your collection this is a must.
Killer Compilation !
Dave Home, Dec 19, 2003
Well Pressure Sounds have surpassed even their own high standards with this excellent release. Showcasing Derrick Morgn's crucial Rocksteady productions, this collection has obviously been put together with a lot of care and attention to detail. I have the 2 LP vinyl edition, which has detailed sleeve notes, really attractive artwork and labels with images from original Jamaican releases. Sound quality is consistently excellent, and most tracks sound like they were mastered from the original tapes. Quite simply, this a really outstanding release. Essential !
a little something different
a little someone different, Mar 12, 2005
this record is crazy. bought this alongside a couple other pressure sounds releases, and it easily smokes most of 'em, save maybe "aquarius," in terms of quality of content and unexpected awesomeness. this is the kind of stuff that makes me wish rocksteady had stuck around, that great bouncing oldschool sound with amazing, beautiful singing. wonderful stuff--you wont hear another compilation like this for years.
cor blimey charlie guv'nor
jason, Jul 21, 2006
This is one of the best albums i've bought in years, superb rhythms and beautiful vocals. Even better as i bought it as a " cheap" compilation, and to get this stuff on record would cost a king's ransom. Highly recommended to everybody. Pressure sounds is - The Guv'nor.
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