CD / LP / Digital Release
January 21, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 4|
Ask any avid collector of classic Reggae music to name his favourite reissue label and most likely he will mention either Blood & Fire or Makasound or Pressure Sounds. While the first two record labels are out of business for quite a few years, it's Pressure Sounds that continues to put out worthwhile albums and compilations with music from way back when. With the much sought after reissue of the Inturns' album "Consider Yourself" -- originally released in Jamaica on the Channan Jah label and then in 1985 in the UK on Burning Sounds -- Pressure Sounds has reached the notable amount of 86 cd/lp releases since the start of the label in 1995, when they released the Santic + Friends compilation set "An Even Harder Shade Of Black".
The Jamaican vocal harmony tradition runs deep through Reggae music and The Inturns aka The Interns are part of that tradition. Actually, The Inturns are The Viceroys, a group founded by Wesley Tinglin, the one consistent member and the driving force behind the group's longevity. Wesley Tinglin formed the original Viceroys with Daniel Bernard and Bunny Gayle in the mid 1960s. Their early recording sessions at Studio One resulted in the songs "Lose and Gain", "Last Night" and "Ya Ho'. Later Rocksteady recordings followed for producers Derrick Morgan and Lloyd 'Matador' Daley. Bunny Gayle, real name Linval Williams, has claimed in some interviews to have written the song "Ya Ho". He decided to move on and go solo in the late 1960s. Daniel Bernard also decided to leave after Bunny Gayle and the first chapter of The Viceroys came to a close.
Before the name change to The Inturns in the mid 1970s, the group recorded the brilliant "Babylon Deh Pon Fire" for Lee 'Scratch' Perry at the Black Ark under the name of Truth Fact And Correct. Clearly frustrated at the lack of financial rewards coming their way as The Viceroys, The Inturns – now consisting of Wesley Tinglin and Neville Ingram – began recording songs for the "Consider Yourself" album for experienced producer Phil Pratt at Channel One Studios in 1976. It was the time that Channel One had perfected their 'rockers'-style drum sound, and working with in-house sound engineer Anthony Graham aka Bunny Tom Tom aka Crucial Bunny, who was very important at Channel One during this period, made that the 9 track album sounded crisp and well recorded.
Neville Ingram turned out to be a revelation as a lead vocalist and it's his distinctive tones that identify The Viceroys from the mid 1970s onwards. Wesley Tinglin's songs were also now concise and full of insightful references to Kingston life. It was a dynamic combination. After the release of this, at the time, largely ignored album, they changed yet again to The Viceroys and the line-up changed again with Norris Reid joining the duo, who was replaced by Chris Wayne when he left the group to pursue a solo career. In 1980 The Viceroys had a big hit, the Sly & Robbie produced "Heart Made Of Stone", but their most consistent body of work, the albums "We Must Unite" (1982) and "Brethren & Sistren" (1983), was facilitated by Linval Thompson and The Roots Radics.
From the very first track, the strong cultural tune "Send Us", those familiar with the sounds of the 1970s will instantly notice that the Channel One signature drum sound is clear to hear. It's followed by the title track, "Consider Yourself", which is a pretty tune with gorgeous harmonies. Next are two solid tunes, "Detour" and the "Jah Oh Jah", with the former being the title track of the same set of songs that were released on the UK based Burning Rockers label in 1979. "Detour" is a joy to listen to and also "Jah Oh Jah" is worth hearing more than once. Probably the best known songs from this set are the roots killer "Nothing Is Impossible" and "Jah Ho". Before they recorded "Nothing Is Impossible" for Phil Pratt, they had already recorded this song (then titled "Mission Impossible") for Winston Riley for his Techniques imprint in 1974, while in 1982 they re-recorded it with the Roots Radics band for producer Linval Thompson and called it "My Mission Is Impossible". The catchy "Ya Ho" was also re-recorded and renamed "Ja Ho" for this "Consider Yourself" set. This tune, perhaps Wesley Tinglin's most well known song, was inspired by Pirate tales in the 'The Caribbean Reader' journal that were popular at that time in Jamaica. The icing on the cake is the addition of two bonus tracks on the cd. Both 12" mixes of "Detour" and "Nothing Is Impossible" were originally issued on the Channan Jah imprint and it's great to have them included here.
Producer Phil Pratt, known for being notoriously camera shy, is included on the cover shot of this album. The photograph is situated at Hope River in Kingston, with Phil Pratt siiting on the left of Neville Ingram and Wesley Tinglin on the right.
Great to have this classic roots set by The Inturns out on the streets again. Ignore at your peril!