For Pressure Sounds’ latest reissue they step into somewhat new territory releasing the Third World All Stars’ instrumental album Rebel Rock, originally put out in the mid to late 70’s on Jamaican expatriate Count Shelly’s Third World label. The Third World All Stars were the house band, hence their name, and usually had a line-up of visiting Jamaican musicians plus local sessioners available.
Rebel Rock collects ten tracks and most of the riddims utilized were originally laid in Jamaica for Errol Dunkley’s album Sit And Cry Over You. This release has however been overdubbed in London adding lots of sweet and breezy horns credited to Rico Rodriguez on trombone, Eddie Thornton on trumpet and Michael Rose, Lester Sterling, Buggis Norman on saxophone.
It’s a commercially brave move to release an unknown instrumental album, even though it’s beautifully arranged, well-played and tight with bright melodies against and smooth and relaxed backdrop.
I celebrate Pressure Sounds for stepping out of the comfort zone and not repeat themselves with yet another Lee Perry dubplate compilation. An unexpected and very welcome release.
Rebel Rock is now available on CD, LP and digital download.