Every Mouth Must Be Fed (Album Review)
Ranking John, Jun 08, 2008
This compilation brings together an odd but excellent variety of tracks from Micron Music, gathered together here for a brand new re-mastered release by Pressure Sounds. Micron Music provided an outlet for Jamaican producers and performers who wouldn’t otherwise be heard, and the range of tracks and styles on this collection, recorded in the mid-1970s, demonstrates the openness of their approach and the risks they took to get this music out. Pete Weston, one of the three people behind the label, also takes production credits on many of the tracks and provides extensive notes to accompany this release. The diversity of what’s included within these twenty tracks is striking. The collection opens with two versions around the basic ‘Satta Dread’ rhythm, first from Jah Stitch then straight into a classic echo-laden dub from King Tubby’s. Elsewhere, more conventional melodic reggae is represented by the Defenders ‘Our Rights’ and its driving instrumental version. Junior Byles offers the old Motown song ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’ plus the great surprise of an intriguing version to go with it. Bobby Ellis makes an appearance with ‘Ska Baby’ where it’s unusual to hear the familiar chopping brass of a ska rhythm placed within a deep reggae mix, and even more so on the instrumental version that follows. If ‘Wages of Crime’ by the brilliant Joe Higgs were not enough, it’s partnered with possibly the best version on the album, in classic King Tubby style. The album closes with I Roy in top form with ‘Mad Mad Hatter’ (another link to old Motown) and its manic version ‘Mad Mad Horn’ which is pretty self-explanatory. This album is the perfect answer to people who think they’ve heard all there is to hear from this era.
UK release single CD/double vinyl, Pressure Sounds, 16th June 2008.
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Every Mouth Must Be Fed
AnorakTrev, Jun 17, 2008
I look forward to your new releases,BUT you have excelled yourself with this one.Tunes I have only read about and longed for,my Holy Grail`s etc.,etc.To get a copy of Tommy McCook`s " Tribute to Muhammad Ali " is worth the purchase price alone !
One VERY satisfied customer.Keep it up.
Why hast thou forsaken the dj?
Lord D., Feb 10, 2009
You guys got it so right on the "More Pressure" vinyl by separating the vocal and version between the two records. Why stop the practice, especially on such a singles oriented compilation? Regardless, wicked comp. Super classic I Roy iration!
Ballistic Micron Compilation!
Pasta Rasta, Feb 18, 2009
Just got this CD from a friend and straightaway ordered the vinyl. Absolute murderation from start to finis!. It's so rare these days to unearth such a heavy selection of riddims, and Bobby Ellis' SKA BABY is as wicked and heavy as they come. And there's a version to follow. Had this entire house skanking at 9am on a Tuesday morning. RESPECT!!
Not Enough Stars To Rate This Properly
Rosko, Mar 31, 2009
One of the best compilations I have ever heard. Not a single weak track or riddim here. I need more Micron.
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