I've had an abiding love for reggae since first hearing "The Harder They Come" sound track and the first three Bob Marley & the Wailers Island l.p.'s in the early '70's.In recent years I've developed a growing appreciation for "instrumental" Jamaican music, especially from that era. The musicians from that time played with an intensity and skill that can never be matched by a computer program or drum machine. A straight instrumental(as opposed to a "dub") showcases the players prowess, and, lets face it, some of the '70's paeans to herb and dreadlocks can sound somewhat dated, at least to this late-fifties set of ears, having long ago forsworn ganja for fine ale and (unwillingly) joined the ranks of the "bald heads". The tracks never grow old, however.
This "Pressure Sounds" release was recorded in the "Golden Era" in Britain with Jamaican ex-pats like Rico Rodriguez on trombone and Tyrone Downie (of Wailers fame) on keyboards. The rhythms are mostly from an Errol Dunkley l.p. (that I admit I've never heard) but if it's half as good as this set I'd like to find it.
I've CRANKED the cd in my car going to and from work for the last week or so, it never fails to lighten my load.
My only complaint is the playing time, the cd clocks in at less than 29 minutes. Surely "Pressure Sounds" could have found some additional material from the same producer to "sweeten the pot?"
No matter, if you love '70's reggae, or are a fan of horn-driven music of any genre, you need to hear this disc.