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Joe Higgs - Life of Contradiction



Joe Higgs Life of Contradiction
Joe Higgs - Life of Contradiction
(CD/LP) Pressure Sounds PS58, 2008-02-18

Tracklisting :
01. Come On Home
02. Got To Make A Way
03. Wake Up And Live
04. Life Of Contradiction
05. Who Brought Down The Curtains
06. There’s A Reward
07. Hard Times Don’t Bother Me
08. My Baby Still Loves Me
09. She Was The One
10. Song My Enemy Sings
Bonus tracks for CD only :
11. Let Us Do Something
12. Freedom Journey – Karl Masters & Joe Higgs

Links :
pressure.co.uk

Press Release (english) :
Pressure Sounds will be releasing the Joe Higgs album 'Life of Contradiction' on the 18th of Feb 2008 with two additional bonus tracks on the CD. The LP will be a single vinyl album without the additional bonus tracks although the tracks (with versions) will be available on two separate 45s. The 45 of 'Let Us Do Something' is the original Elevation recording and not the later re-recorded version.

We have decided to keep to the original artwork on the album as it's so good!!! There will be a full CD booklet with sleeve notes. There will be more information on this release in the New Year. It's a great record and we hope you enjoy it.

Press Release (french) :
L’album " Life Of Contracdiction" de Joe Higgs est sans aucun doute à classer parmi les albums importants de l’Histoire du reggae. Dès 1995, Pressure Sounds a voulu rééditer cet album majeur et avait contacté Joe, lui demandant l’autorisation. Problème : l’album faisait partie du catalogue d’un autre label. Joe Higgs décéda le 18 décembre 1999. Début 2007, Pressure Sounds relança ses démarches auprès de la famille Higgs et emprunta un long chemin pour enfin proposer ce " Life Of Contradiction" à son catalogue.

Initialement enregistré pour le label Island de Chris Blackwell, les droits de cet opus ont été remis à Joe Higgs qui le sortit en Angleterre et aux USA en 1975. Cet album est très vite apparu comme une pièce à part des 70’S. On retrouve sur ce classique album le toucher jazzy du guitariste Eric Gale et d’excellents musiciens comme Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo, Mikey Chung et Val Douglas. On remarquera les titres ‘There’s A Reward’ et ‘Song My Enemy Sings’ . Cet album marqua son temps et traversa les années. On connaît surtout Joe Higgs pour sa participation à la formation vocale des Wailers, il a aussi arrangé les harmonies des Wailing Souls.

Pressure Sounds décida de conserver la pochette originale. Le vinyle conserve le tracklisting original. L’album a été entièrement remasterisé et est agrémenté d’un épais livret avec photos d’époque. Pressure Sounds ajoute ici 2 bonus tracks du label de Joe Higgs : Elevation Records. Cet album a eu un retentissement sur chacun des membres de Pressure Sounds. Régulièrement sous le diamant de leur platine ‘au bureau’ alors que le label débutait à peine. : " this is a superb release that we are all very excited about." Peter Holdsworth – Pressure Sounds
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