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Three More 7''s from Iroko Records

Three More 7''s from Iroko Records

Three More 7''s from Iroko Records

By Angus Taylor on Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Comment

Two productions by Gussie Clarke and one by Enos Mcleod.


Iroko Records continue to dig out rarities they can reintroduce to the public.

On April 25th they dust off three obscure 45 reissues.

Iroko singlesThe first was recorded for connoisseur’s singer-producer Enos Mcleod. Forgive Them Jah is a slow stalking stepper from 1982 bearing the distinctive voice of another underrated singer, Rising Son. Iroko boss Hervé Brizec told United Reggae it is “a wanted cut for all soundmen”.

The next two are early 70s productions from Augustus “Gussie” Clarke. Dennis Peart’s lament Mouth of the Wicked is the vocal to the more widely known Tommy McCook instrumental Schenectady's Shock. Iroko’s release comes with a different, glockenspiel version, Logan’s Street Rock, as a B side for the first time (the original Gussie pressing paired it with the minor key flip Creative Feeling).

Finally, Clarke's heavy roots lick of the famous No No No is issued in two instrumental cuts by his loose studio band Simplicity People. KG's Crossroads is a melodica piece, believed to be by an un-credited Augustus Pablo. The more unusual KG's Halfway Tree is led by an unnamed violinist, allegedly a drunken man who Gussie invited into the studio one day!

You can drop the needle on all three come April 25th.

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