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    The Diabolical Liberties return with 'High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics', their anticipated long-player for On The Corner Records! Expect more, ritual dub music, voodoo jazz, dissonant punk-funk and the sage words of the great Rob Gallagher. Killer stuff!

    • – Bigger Than You
    • – Shopping Trolley Voodoo
    • – High Protection (feat. Emma-Jean Thackray)
    • – Crack The Skies Of America
    • – Sliders
    • – Dancing Out My Modern Mind
    • – Fix My Battery
    • – Then We Were Money
    • – Rudeboys In Outa Space
    • – Strange World
    • – Chicken Run The High Street
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    When Jah Shall ComePressure Sounds

    Bunny Lee recorded a massive volume of remarkably consistent music in the 70s. This compilation brings together rare and unreleased cuts that put the listener bang in the middle of a typical recording session, complete with false starts and studio banter.

    Linval Thompson is represented by two unreleased tunes, and is also heard in the runup to 'Tommy's Vibration'. Once the 'flying cymbal' sound had taken off, Bunny often recorded a 'flyers' and a straight version of the same rhythm: 'Tommy's Vibration' is a classic but little known Tommy McCook instrumental on the flyers cut of Linval's 'Jah Jah A The Conqueror'. 'Ethiopian Rock' is a total scorcher, the only recorded tune by the deejay Jah Smile, before Bunny persuaded him to turn to singing and changed his name to Barry Brown.

    In a healthy spirit of competition, Bunny often tried out different singers on tunes that he thought would hit, hence Ronnie Davis's soulful take on Johnny Clarke's 'Every Knee Shall Bow', Johnny's version of Horace Andy's 'Better Collie', and Johnny and Horace sharing vocals on 'No Man Is An Island', all unreleased until now. 'No Babylon Shall Escape In This Time' has Johnny Clarke and 'Bongo' Herman Davis recorded over the original version side of Johnny's 'None Shall Escape The Judgement'. 'Life Of My Own' is a beautifully constructed lament by a singer who neither Bunny nor various expert ears have managed to identify: at Bunny's suggestion he is credited as 'The Raver'. 'War Zone' and 'Keep On Running' are examples of Tubby's mixes that have had further effects dubbed on elsewhere; sound systems and foreign record labels occasionally did this to manufacture their own specials from existing mixes. 'Jamaican Fruit Of African Roots' has recently been the subject of the fascinating documentary 'Shella Record: A Reggae Mystery'; the Lennox Brown cut here has only just been discovered. Also included are two stinging dubplates by Cornell Campbell: the first is aimed straight to the head of Arrows sound system, while the second, recorded in the early 80s, sums up the vital partnership of two of Jamaica's musical giants:



    * previously unreleased ** CD bonus track

    • Tommy McCook – Tommy's Vibes
    • Johnny Clarke – No Babylon Shall Escape In This Time *
    • Jah Smile – Ethiopian Rock
    • Lennox Brown – Jamaican Fruit Of African Roots *
    • Ronnie Davis – Every Knee Shall Bow *
    • Cornell Campbell – King Tubby's vs Arrows Dubplate *
    • Al Campbell – One Room Shack
    • John Forbes – War Zone
    • Linval Thompson – Look How Long Nyabinghi Calling You *
    • The Raver – Life Of My Own *
    • The Aggrovators – Bell Road Rock *
    • Cornell Campbell – Keep On Running
    • U-Roy – The Right To Live
    • Al Campbell – Wicked A Go Feel It
    • Tommy McCook – Joe Frazier *
    • Johnny Clarke – No Man Is An Island *
    • Linval Thompson – Go Jah Jah Pickney *
    • Johnny Clarke – Better Collie *
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    Ebony Steel BandPan-MachineOM Swagger

    Formed in 1969 and based in West London, the Ebony Steel Band celebrate their 50th anniversary and take up the challenge of interpreting some classic Kraftwerk tracks on steel drums. Seminal electronic songs like The Model, Spacelab, Neon Lights, Tour De France, The Robots, Computer Love and Computer World. Simply amazing and joyous music!

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      • CD£9.99
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