August 15, 2010, at 12:51 am

The 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes #25

Sounds And Pressure – Hopeton Lewis (Sam Mitchell and Keith Scott production)

Perhaps the biggest Merritone rocksteady tune of them all and certainly one of Hopeton Lewis’s greatest records. This was recorded in 1966 at Federal studio’s in a session financed by the Khouri brothers (who owned the studio) but run by Keith Scott and Sam Mitchell. Scott explained the circumstances of the session where this was recorded in an interview published in the Beat magazine in 1997. He and Sam Mitchell met Hopeton at a youth club they ran in Vineyard Town, Kingston. They recorded around six Hopeton tunes at the session alongside tracks by the Ethiopians and the Renegades. There are two piano’s on the recording, Leslie Butler playing lead and Gladstone Anderson.

Sounds And Pressure was originally issued on the Merritone label in Jamaica and on Blue Beat in the UK (the Blue Beat issue incorrectly credited Prince Buster as the artist and producer), it is currently available on the Trojan CD Sounds & Pressure: Mod Reggae.


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