Reggaemusic.org.uk reviews 'Life Goes In Circles'
Rankin' John, Sep 26, 2006
Pressure Sounds maintain their deserved reputation for coming up with reggae reissues that pack an element of surprise. This new collection, ‘Life Goes in Circles’, takes its name from Dennis Brown’s standout track (included here) and presents a range of music from some of the key names of reggae, including Jacob Miller, King Tubby, Dillinger, and Augustus Pablo. Particular highlights include The Abyssinians’ ‘Love Comes and Goes’ (followed by its straight-ahead instrumental version), Earl Zero’s ‘City of the Weak Heart’ together with its excellent King Tubby dub, and perhaps best of all Dillinger’s deejaying dubbing delivery of ‘Natty Sings a Hit Song’ and its alter-ago dub, possibly one of the most deconstructed King Tubby productions on record. This new collection originates from Tommy Cowan’s work with the Talent Corporation which sought in the mid-Seventies to give home-grown Jamaican talent its proper due in the local music market. With results like this, we can only be glad that he bothered. This collection reminds us of what Jamaican music really had to offer when stripped of its patronage by both American R and B and British mass-market production. The talent still shines through.
Rankin' John - September 26th 2006
not typical reggae sound
otis, Nov 05, 2006
bought this unheard -- and took a few listens to get into it. the mix has a different feel in general from most Jamaican music from the period. I would say the production is high-quality and the vocal performances are full-on with feeling. A number have a delivery that seems inspired from American soul music. There are 6 versions included here, plus the extended mix on opening track. My only wish is that the notes broke down what studios were used with which productions, and more track info in general.
All Killer, No Filler
Mick Sleeper, Nov 11, 2006
Life Goes In Circles (Pressure Sounds)
Not much to say about this collection other than "all killer, no filler". Life Goes In Circles chronicles the work of The Talent Corporation, an organization founded by producer Tommy Cowan in 1975. The aim of The Talent Corporation was to give the same exposure to local artists in Jamaica as the foreign acts who were dominating the airwaves (despite what you might think, reggae has not always been predominant in Jamaica). With a dynamite line up of artists such as Dennis Brown, The Devon Irons, Augustus Pablo and Leroy Smart, Life Goes In Circles is simply roots reggae at its finest. Congratulations to Pressure Sounds for once again looking past "the usual suspects" for a re-release.
Dizzle, Dec 01, 2007
Genius compilation! It took a few listens to appreciate the full beauty of this album. It is soul to the bone. Thanks, Pressure!
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