CD: Pressure Sounds PS32
Divine Madness...Definitely is an outstanding collection of Black Ark music, ranging from bluesy skanks to shimmering love songs and spooky repatriation calls. Although there are a couple of weak tracks (the maudlin "Sweet Taste Of Memory" and "So Many Ways"), for the most part this is heavy music. Highlights include the bluesy reggae of Denzil Dennis' "Woman & Money", Eric Donaldson's amazing "Stand Up", the hypnotic "Oh Me Oh My" by Bree Daniels, and the sublime 10-minute long "To Be A Lover In Dub" by Augustus Pablo . The second disc contains 26 minutes of edited highlights from appearances Scratch did on Steve Barker's "On The Wire" on BBC Radio Lancashire. Although the second CD is definitely for Lee Perry trainspotters, to hear Scratch both calmly discussing his music and ranting mad scientist style is a real treat. Along with Pressure Sounds' other Scratch collections (Voodooism and Produced And Directed By The Upsetter), Divine Madness is highly recommended.