VERSION (OH HAPPY DAY) * JUNIOR REID * DOVE 508 * UK
Produced at Channel One this is a sparse and heavy Dub of Junior Ried's Oh Happy Day - not the same song as the Gospel sung by The Edwin Hawkins Singers in 1967. It starts of conventionally enough with a echo laden burst of Junior Reid's singing then it slowly begins to lose its identity, with the reintroduction of, what I think is, Junior Reid's voce, which has reverted to something like him as a child being strangled, the Dub strays very much into Lee Perry territory reminiscent of his production of Doctor On The Go, and by the end the cut it has gone beyond even Lee Perry into pure abstraction. Although it states on the label that it was made in Jamaica, I doubt it was as it had a push out center and a circle of ribbed plastic around the outer edge of the label, two things not found in Jamaican records of the period.
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