Reissue label Pressure Sounds is back with a third release of material produced by vocalist turned producer Phil Pratt – one of many unsung heroes in the world of reggae music. His credits are almost immaculate with some scorching tunes from the top singers and deejays of the 60’s and 70’s, including Delroy Wilson, Dennis Brown, Ken Boothe, Big Youth and U-Roy.
The release this is the much sought after dub album Dial M for Murder in Dub Style, a set named after the Alfred Hitchcock movie Dial M for Murder starring Ray Milland. It is a crisp and organic, sometimes restrained, production mixed by Bunny Tom Tom aka Crucial Bunny.
It was recorded at Channel One around 1979/1980 with Sly and Robbie providing the riddims with a little help from Rad Brian on guitar, Bobby Kalphat & Ansell Collins on keyboards and piano and Tommy McCook & Herman Marquis on horns. A qualified cast of instrumentalists used regularly by Phil Pratt.
Dial M for Murder in Dub Style dropped in 1980 towards the end of the period when dub had become popular around the world. The ten original tracks are featured on the LP with four bonus tracks on the CD and mp3 versions. The mixes are clean and neat with sometimes little or no effects used. Some tunes are almost instrumentals with the bass knob turned to the max.
Included are some top vocals that turn up from time to time. Ken Booth could be heard on Who Gets Your Dub, a version of Who Gets Your Love and the title track is a cut of The Blackstones’ Come and Dance from their Insight album put out in 1979. This is a stellar version with magnificent percussion and beautiful horns.
As always with Pressure Sounds, the packaging is flawless with the original sleeve and artwork for the cover and Steve Barker handles the sleeve notes.
Pressure Sounds is doing their fair share to shed light on Phil Pratt’s treasure chest of material and this release will further ensure his rightful place in reggae history.