Review: Vivian Jackson's work is being reissued a few times this month. Pressure Sounds opt for his "Run Come Rally" from 1992. It is a stone cold classic of the early roots ear and on the flip is a nicely twisted dub version that retains the vocal but does plenty of trippy things to it with endless amounts of echo and reverb. Recorded by Lee Perry at Black Ark Studios in 1974, this is the sort of haunting tune that is also hugely stirring and has atmosphere to spare. Comes in a hand stamped bag.
Review: Vivian Jackson's "Conquering Lion" is a bona fide roots classic often thought as of a cornerstone of the genre. It is superbly spiritual music from a higher plane that will uplift your soul whilst also awakening your brain. It features harmonies supplied by The Ralph Brothers with keys that are always there, nagging away in beautiful fashion. As well as the full vocal on the a-side, Kind Tubby steps up for a huge dub on the flip that encourages you to utterly let go and one which dub techno fans will know has been reworked by Steve O'Sullivan to Miller effect .
Review: Despite the similarity of the title of this one to an earlier album, King Tubby's Prophecies Of Dub was actually a new and standalone work. Though it bares Tubby's name, he was only an executive producer of sorts, as Pat Kelly was the one mostly at the controls, and what's more, many of the backing tracks here belonged to Bunny 'Striker' Lee. Those technicalities aside, it still unfolds like a dub classic, with hissing hi hats and rippling top lines all underpinned by impossibly buoyant bass. Along the way, there are up tempo rumblers next to sink into your sofa stoner sessions that all make it a perfectly warm and escapist trip.
Walls Of Jerusalem (CD1: Yabby You Meets King Tubby)
Chant Down Babylon
Fire Round Two
Plague On The Land
Go To School Jah Jha Children
Dub Of Jerusalem
Shool Days Dub
Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - "The Man Who Does The Work" (CD2: Studio outtakes & More versions)
Smith & The Prophets - "Valley Of Joesaphat"
Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - "Go To School Jah Jha Children"
Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - "Love Of Jah"
The Prophets - "Sand In My Shoe"
The Prophets - "Jah Vengeance"
King Tubby - "Greetings"
The Prophets - "Fire Fire Dub"
The Prophets - "Stand Up & Fight Dub"
Tommy McCook - "Sand In My Shoe Dub"
The Prophets - "Prophets Dub" (bonus track)
The Prophets - "Repatriation Rock" (bonus track)
Review: Pressure Sounds' latest release takes us back to 1976 and "Wall Of Jerusalem", a soulful reggae album by The Prophets that included production from both Yabby You (the band's lynchpin and lead vocalist) and dub mixer King Tubby. The album is something of a roots classic, with Yabby You's seductive, soul-fired vocal numbers being joined by delay-laden heavy dub revisions by King Tubby. You'll find the original set on disc one, with disc two being dedicated to alternate versions, previously unreleased tracks recorded in the same period, and alternate dubs that have lain dormant in Yabby You's archives for the best part of 40 years.