For our fourth release, we feel privileged to be able to bring to you a rare and stunning cut from Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark studio. Clinton Fearon is best known for his work as a singer and bassist/guitarist for The Gladiators, one of reggae’s most prolific groups. Lesser known are his own productions, and this particular release – Togetherness – is a real gem.
On the A-Side is the original cut, sparse and mellow, with the distinctive Black Ark drum sound and rough-edged production. Clinton recalls, ‘It was a cool session with just me, two other musicians and Scratch – Bunny Rugs was on rhythm guitar, either Benbow or Fish Clarke on the drums (more likely Benbow), and myself on vocals, lead guitar and bass!’ Then on the flip side, with the Upsetter himself at the controls, an even sparser dub is cut with gently-rolling delays and a strong focus on Clinton’s fantastic lead guitar playing.
Togetherness highlights the strength of Clinton’s songwriting and production skills. ‘I think Scratch gave me the time for free’ he recalls, ‘… but I played a lot of music for him!’ This was certainly the case considering how many sessions Clinton would have played on at the Black Ark, for the likes of producer-extraordinaire Yabby You and of course Scratch’s own productions.
The original pressing of Togetherness was released on the Sky-High label in 1974, Jamaica. Digitally restored from an original copy of the Sky-High vinyl, both sides of the 7” were mastered to the usual impeccable standards by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters, London.
UK label Horus was created in May 2013 by two young guys from the south England countryside. Since then, the label has moved to London where it has quickly gained recognition from the likes of David Rodigan, Mr Scruff, Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s) and Robert Luis (Tru Thoughts) for it’s releases. Follow Horus Records and their releases on their Facebook:
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