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Sunday, January 25, 2004

BLACK SLAVERY DAYS

'Clappers Records is founded for the main purpose of preserving reggae music. We are the first militant Anti-Corporate Record Company dedicated to preserving not exploiting reggae music. With our financial success we plan to construct institutions that will deal with the music and the musician without any changes.
"CLAPPERS RECORDS WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE ENTERTAINMENT IT'S A WEAPON WITHOUT COMPROMISE" says the Chairman of Clappers Records.'

and all that on a sleeve like this:



(sorry about the poor image quality, it was all i could find)

it looks more like a 'Pay No More than 99p' anarcho release from deepest Wiltshire in about 1984 than a slab of deep righteous roots, sessioned in 1975 with Jack Ruby but not released until 1980.. the Lowry-esque factory scenes on the sleeves, the scribbled credits, this looks like no other roots album i've ever seen. it sounds phenomenal too - Robbie (sans Sly), Augustus Pablo, Horsemouth are all featured across the 10 tracks, ostensibly by a handful of acts (including TSOSA - The Sound Of St Annes) but all originating from one July 1975 session.

Respect to Honest Jons for keeping up the quality with this one (and apparently the new Candi Staton collection is a gem too).


posted by dubversion at 4:12 pm

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