Thursday, August 31
Too Much Pressure - The Selecter (1979)
Wikipedia - "Too Much Pressure is the first album by British ska band The Selecter. After the band's official formation in 1979 in Coventry, following the release of a song entitled 'The Selecter' by an unofficial incarnation of the band, the band's hit single 'On My Radio' prompted their labels 2 Tone and Chrysalis to ask the band to record their debut album. ... The album contains original material, mostly composed by band founder and guitarist Neol Davies, as well as numerous ska and reggae cover versions, in a similar fashion to the Specials' debut album. ... Critical reception to Too Much Pressure was positive. Robert Christgau of The Village Voice awarded the album a score of 'A-', advising listeners to 'play loud.' He commented how, 'except for songwriter-guitarist Neol Davies, these two-toners are black, reassuring in a movement that calls up fears of folkie patronization. Lead singer's a woman, too, a refreshing piece of progress no matter how self-consciously progressive its motives.' ..."
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