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The Royals Dubbing With The Royals

  • Words: Tomas
  • Label: Pressure Sounds

Jamaican singer, producer and bandleader Roy Cousins was active with his group The Royals from 1968 through 1979. They released a number of devastating vocal harmony albums in the style of that era, typified by trios like Wailing Souls, The Viceroys and the Mighty Diamonds-groups that could literally make you feel their "sufferation" and woes, singing songs written on ghetto corners from the depths of their hearts. The Royals line up changed often and Cousins went on to produce brilliant music for Black Uhuru refugee Don Carlos, singer Earl Sixteen and the conscious DJ Charlie Chaplain. This second collection of Cousins' work on Pressure Sounds captures his extraordinary dub works recorded at the great studios of the time-King Tubby's, Harry J's, Tuff Gong, Channel One-with engineers like Prince Jammy, Scientist, Lee Perry and Errol T on the mix (he kept all the recording sessions notes, included in the CD booklet). This was the zenith of the classic dub era; contemporary producers can't achieve with today's digital technology the eerie sounds and punch-out board techniques heard here. Snippets of the Royals, Prince Far-I, I-Roy and even Gregory Isaccs voice echo amongst slices of trumpet and rolling waves of B3 organs. These 19 tracks express the majesty of reggae and dub at their peak, and mystery of how much we've yet to learn about the musicians, engineers and lost recoding sessions that Cousins helped define.

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