Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Pleasure Dub

Another worthwhile release from Pressure Sounds, one of the last remaining decent reggae reissue labels. This is a dub set dating from the early 70's, consisting of mostly early reggae and rock steady hits out of Duke Reid's Treasure Isle stable. With dub cuts of big tunes such as The Paragons' `Riding High On a Windy Day' and`The Tide Is High', `Cry Tuff' by Alton Ellis abd Phyllis Dylan's `Woman Of The Ghetto', as well as some tracks that are unfamiliar to my ears.

Originally released without an artist credit, but with Tommy McCook's horn work being in the forefront of most of these tracks, the late hornsman gets his name on the sleeve for this re-release.

Mixed by Errol Brown, the dub techniques are quite primitive and are based around lots of echoed vocals, occasional reverb on the drums and a small dash of phaser here and there. So, the main attraction here are the rhythms, all of which are excellent. And as a bonus on the CD Pressure Sounds have culled an extra seven cuts more that were featured on the original LP release, including two killer cuts on the `Ali Baba' rhythm.

For soundclips clikc here.

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