|Various Artists: Every Mouth Must Be Fed - Micron Music 1973-76 2LP
1. Conference At Waterhouse – Jah Stitch
2. Conference Version – Micron
3. Lorna Banana - Junior Byles
4. Revolution Is For The Chinaman – Pete Weston & The Flames
5. Straight To Scratch Head (Lorna Banana Version)
6. Message From The Top - I Roy
7. Our Rights - The Defenders
8. Our Version -The Defenders
9. The Right To Live - U Roy
10. Muhammad Ali - Tommy McCook
11. Wages Of Crime - Joe Higgs
12. Wages Of Crime Version
13. Ska Baby - Bobby Ellis
14. Ska Version Instrumental
15. Every Mouth Must Be Fed - I Roy
16. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg - Junior Byles
17. Last Of The Love Songs – Junior Byles
18. Black Organ – Blacker Black
19. Mad Mad Hatter – I Roy
20. Mad Mad Horn – Version
‘Conference at Waterhouse your destination King Tubbys studios’ says Jah Stitch’ at the beginning of the album on a tough version of the Satta Dread rhythm. All the Productions are crisp and have Lee Perry, Bunny Lee and the more unknown Pete Weston at the mixing controls.
Pete Weston was part of a trio that ran the Micron label. Its not an instantly well known label but any decent reggae collection will have more than a couple of Micron records sitting in it.
As usual we have got tracks that offer music fans something a little extra. Unearthing some overlooked gems and some records that are very rare and touch the soul. Was there a better singer than Junior Byles from Jamaica? He was up there with the best and ‘Lorna Banana’ and ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’ are tracks that amongst his finest. The super rare track from ‘The Defenders’ ‘Your Rights’ is a real vocal harmony classic. I Roy who needs little in the way of introduction and was probably the most consistent Dj that Jamaica ever produced. Its his cut of ‘Every Mouth must Fed’ that gives the album its name.
This is a crackling compilation that will have the usual Pressure Sounds graphics photos and interviews. As well as re-masterd tracks that presents the music at is best. Micron music Presents highlights one of the lesser known labels in Jamaican music but puts the focus on a label that really was important both as a label and as a business. It allowed many Producers and artists a creative opening that otherwise would have been denied to them.