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Article ID RE-6995
Format 7 Inch Vinyl
Artist Stranger Cole
Title Rough And Smooth MP3 sample
Artist B Gaylads
Title B Same Thing MP3 sample
Style(s) Lee Perry, Reggae
Label Upsetter/Reggae Fever RF281
Producer Lee Perry
Year 1969
Country EU - European Union
Quality m re
Remarks Stranger Cole – Rough And Smooth – Upsetter – A side

When the ‘Skank’ rhythm came into Reggae music, it was a green light to recut some old favourites from the past. ‘Rough And Tough’ from Stranger Cole. This tune of course was a massive hit for Stranger way back in the early days of Ska – produced by Duke Reid. This slower cut dates from around the early seventies and as got all the Perry trademarks. Kinky organ sounds – and a rhythm with more space in it – than outer space. Probably built by Wailers/Upsetters. A great tune – and a rare production from Stranger for Perry.

Gaylads – Same Thing – Upsetter – B Side

A classic Perry production from that time. Wild and Rough – it’s not really natural to hear the smooth soulful tones of The Gaylads singing over such a powerful rhythm. But it works, and it works very well. Old Scratch didn’t do much work with the Gaylads – Perry had a preference for the more maniacal tones of Bleechers. Perhaps he was just trying to make a point – he could produce anyone – as long as they fitted in with his style. At the time of this release he had already gone into the pop charts – so it makes sense that a lot of artists would go along with him.
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