Album Review

Channel One – “Maxfield Avenue Breakdown ” – [Pressure Sounds]

Rococo   7/5/2005   CD, Reggae

Following on from previous compilations (WELL CHARGED and WHEN THE DANCES WERE CHANGING), this is the third in a Pressure Sounds trilogy documenting the output of Ernest and Jo Jo Hookim’s Channel One label. This time the focus is on dub versions and instrumental b-sides from the mid-to-late 70’s. Made specifically for the sound system market and with a band featuring the bedrock rhythm section of Sly & Robbie, these tracks were enormously successful in their day. Dillinger’s “Natty A General” gets a wacked-out treatment with honking car horns, and Leroy’s Smart’s “Ballistic Affair” dub retains all the charm of the original vocal version. I’m sure you’ll find your own favorites here as well.

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