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Friday, Sep 14 2007 | 13:40

Bim Sherman was a one of the great unsung hero’s of 70s roots music. From Westmoreland he moved to Kingston and managed to scrape money together to finance small runs of 45s that he wrote with his friend Bob West. Together they fashioned a series of 45s that were released on Sherman’s own labels Scorpio, Sun Dew and Red Sea. These 45s were often remixed and re-voiced with different vocals when Sherman had the finance to do so. What we have gathered on Tribulation (Down In Jamdown 1974-1979) is a stunning selection of his most sought after rare and exciting 45s. There have been other Sherman compilations but nothing we believe comes close to this set.

Some of his best records have never been re-released since the mid 70s. “Ital West” a scorching roots tune kicks off this memorable set and there is 2 more cuts of this precious biscuit.

“Love Forever” one of his most well know songs is included but we have also included the brilliant DJ cut by Jah Woosh “Love in the Ghetto” Super rare and very funky. The song “Love Forever” was also covered by Ari Up from the Slits on the first New Age Steppers album.

Other classic tunes such as “Weak Heart Men” which was later re-recorded as “My Whole World” (again also recorded by The New Age Steppers) show Sherman as his talent was developing from the very earliest part of his career. This is deep look at a fantastic artist and it’s a privilidge for Pressure Sounds to put out such a classic album.

The vinyl is a double with a gatefold sleeve and we have some very rare photos of Sherman in Jamaica and for the first time the sleevenotes have been written by Pete Holdsworth a longtime fan of Sherman’s.

A unique record from a great artist.

Tracklsiting:

01. Ital West aka Dispensation
02. Ital West (Dub)
03. Danger
04. Love Forever (Vocal)
05. Love In The Ghetto feat. Jah Woosh
06. Love Forever (Dub)
07. Tribulation (Original 1975 Mix)
08. Golden Stool
09. Golden Stool (Dub)
10. Just Can’t Stand It
11. Weak Heart Men
12. Weak Heart Men (Dub)
13. Trying
14 World Go Round
15. Every Where You Go
16. Golden Locks
17. Golden Locks (Dub)
18. Natty Cale feat. Big Joe
19. Lego Natty Cale
20. My Woman
21. My Woman (Part 2)
22. Lovers Leap
23. Lovers Leap (Part 2)

The album Bim ShermanTribulation (Down In Jamdown 1974-1979)” (Pressure Sounds) is going to be released October 12, 2007.

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