The Travellers

Pressure Sounds * PS49 * 2005

Black Black Minds

Black Black Minds

  • Black Black Minds - The Travellers Listen
  • Know Yourself - The Travellers
  • Jah Gave Us This World - The Travellers Listen
  • Natty Dread at the Controls - U Black
  • False Leaders - The Travellers
  • Peace And Rest - The Travellers
  • Peace And Rest Version - Prince Jammy
  • The Girl I Left Behind - The Travellers
  • Tell Me Why - The Travellers
  • How Long - The Travellers
  • How Long Version - Prince Jammy
  • Poor Man Cry - The Travellers
  • Jammy's A Do It - U Black
  • Keep On Trying - The Travellers
  • Keep On Trying Version - Prince Jammy
  • We Got To Leave - The Travellers


The last release for 2005 on Pressure Sounds is a long lost treasure: 'Black Black Minds' by vocal harmony group the Travellers. Produced by King Jammy in the late seventies and never available since Jammy himself described unearthing the original master tapes like 'finding gold'.

The Travellers started out in the same way as the loose local collective of Waterhouse harmony groups that included The Royals, The Jayes and Black Uhuru endlessly practising and perfecting their art in the yards of Kingston 11. Two members of The Travellers, along with Errol Nelson who also sang with both The Royals and The Jayes, had previously worked with Jammy's helping to fill out the harmonies on the debut Black Uhuru album 'Love Crisis'.

Vocal harmony groups have always been one of the cornerstones of Jamaican music and The Travellers deserve their place alongside the other great vocal groups from the period. The Travellers stunning harmonies are backed by The High Times Band, The Aggrovators and Sly & Robbie.

The 'Black Black Minds' release on Pressure Sounds features the original vocals plus deejay cuts from U Black and dub mixes from Jammy: sixteen tracks spread over four sides of vinyl while the CD release comes with an eight page booklet with beautiful period photographs.

Another Pressure Sounds winner we think!


Release OF The Year

Lawrence Gibbard SOLAR RADIO, Nov 15, 2005
you don't have to say much about this one it's the

Black Black Minds

Clivey English, Nov 16, 2005
Got this LP yesterday....tough tough Jammys production...recommended for those who like good music.

world class

Mirodrag Lukic, Belgrade, Serbia, Jan 28, 2006
the bass is blowing the speakers out of my car's doors. very cool, very good. world class.

All round great package

dimitrios o, Oct 09, 2006
This is one of the nicest packages I have heard, expanding an original album with dubs and DJ cuts. The balance of the vocal songs with the extras makes this a fine listening experience. I wouldn't put The Travellers in the same league as other legendary groups -- but they are tight and their voices have a distinct sound. They also are not heavy heavy roots, I detect an underlying MOR pop sensibility. And that first cut always reminds me of Puff The Magic Dragon!
Only quibble is the package title should have read PRINCE Jammy's Presents, since that was his moniker when this LP was first produced.

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