Joe Higgs - Life Of Contradiction
Pressure Sounds - #PSCD 58 - February 18, 2008
The Joe Higgs album ‘Life Of Contradiction’ is, without doubt, one of the most seminal reggae records of all time.
Originally recorded for Chris Blackwell of Island records the rights of ‘Life Of Contradiction’ were then given to Joe Higgs who released the album in Jamaica and the U.K. in 1975. It was immediately obvious that this was a unique collection and coming from a different direction to the other reggae releases of the period. Although Joe had first recorded some of the songs in the early sixties it was as if he was at last able to realise a vision of his own music that had been previously denied to him: either by financial constraints or from not having the right situation with the right musicians.
Now he came with one of the classic reggae albums and, with the jazz tinged guitar of Eric Gale and top drawer musicians including Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo, Mikey Chung and Val Douglas, it was clearly a very song orientated album and titles such as ‘There’s A Reward’ and ‘Song My Enemy Sings’ bristle with ingenuity, word play and heartfelt conviction. Joe’s songs were always well structured and less ‘groove’ based than the music that was coming out of Jamaica at the time of the release of ‘Life of Contradiction’. Consequently the album has always stood out and has retained its timeless feel.
We have decided to keep to the original artwork as it’s so good!!! The vinyl album has the same track listing as the original. However, the album has been totally re-mastered and comes with incisive sleeve notes, an extensive CD booklet with period photos and two bonus tracks (on the CD only) from Joe Higgs’ own Elevation label.
This album is a true classic and has been a huge influence on everybody at Pressure Sounds. Regularly on the decks in the office when we first started the label it is a superb release that we are all very excited about.