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Even more Scratch from Pressure Sounds

There has been scarce with releases from the great reissue label Pressure Sounds lately. This has caused some rumors that the label might be folding.

But Pressure Sounds is still alive and kicking. Some weeks ago they launched their new website and mp3 shop. And now they have a new release scheduled.

The Return of Sound System Scratch – More Lee Perry Dub Plate Mixes and Rarities 1973-1979 is a new compilation ready to hit the streets in early April – from the label – and late April, from other vendors.

The compilation includes 18 tunes, where of two are previously unreleased. The majority of the tracks is exclusive dub plate mixes and follows in the same footsteps as last year’s Sound System Scratch.

 This is the fifth release from Pressure Sounds that is dedicated to the works of Lee Perry and if you don’t already own Divine Madness, Voodooism and Produced & Directed by the Upsetter you should definitely upgrade your record collection.

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Fiesta for Lee Perry collectors

Pressure Sounds – one of the most industrious re-issue labels – has managed to dig out 20 extremely rare dub plates produced by legendary producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, who has produced dozens of classic tunes.

Lee Perry is known for his eclectic style and moved his music in directions that no-one has done. His style is intense, multi-layered and extraordinarily experimental. Some might call it downright crazy at times.

Sound System Scratch – Lee Perry’s Dub Plate Mixes 1973 to 1979 collects exclusive mixes of many familiar tunes, never heard before outside of sound system dances. Included are great songs such as Groovy Situation from Keith Rowe, Roots Train by Junior Murvin and History from Carlton Jackson.

Some tunes are almost mixed beyond recognition. They’ve been pushed and pulled, tweaked and pitched into new directions.

The sound on Sound System Scratch isn’t always great, but that’s not really an issue. The main thing is to discover the genius of Lee Perry and his sometimes unimaginable mixing style.

As usual with Pressure Sounds, the design and extra material included is flawless. The album comes in a stark striking black and white design with previously unseen photographs, archive material and an accompanying seven inch single Dub Plate Pressure. The version side, with the rhythm dubbed into oblivion, does not feature on the album.

This album is probably not for the ordinary reggae or Lee Perry aficionado. This album is aimed at the collectors market. But Pressure Sounds once again show that there are so much great music to discover.


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