Those not already possessing this who peek into this folder should know that this is strictly not the original LP but a carefully re-equalized version. My guess is that the tapes Virgin received from Jamaica was so noisy that they decided to dim the entire set. I have again brightened the tracks to sound more like the Bunny Lee productions of the time, thereby again increasing the noise. It does not disturb me in the least. Those having the option to compare the mp3s with an original album will probably agree that this is about how the album should sound.
The rip replaces an ill-sounding former one, that also included a bunch of other tracks thrown into the set, destroying the original concept in sound and idea. The bitrate on that one is set too low so that the treble has become garbled. Judging from that rip, the reissue contains too much treble. Now, what sounds better is a delicate question - on simple equipment a record spiced with large amounts of extra treble on hi-hat and cymbals may convince the listener that "this is it", but on good equipment such a record may become very tiresome to listen to. If you have already have a copy that sounds good to you, skip this one since it has less treble than the reissue (but more than the original LP).
"Crisus Time" was I Roy's first album for Virgin, released on a subsidiary otherwise not used for reggae music. The album received positive reviews (one included as an image) and made good use of rhythms produced under the early '76 sessions that gave us the classic "Rockers Time Now" by Johnny Clarke. Actually almost every track contains snippets of Clarke's voice, showing his pole position in the Bunny Lee stable at this time.
The album was re-issued in Jamaica a few years later but then some tracks were missing. This is the original set, and its heavy like nothing else I Roy made, in no small part due to the incredibly tight backing by a very good line-up of The Agrovators. I would say Mr. Lee peaked with this setting as he was soon to turn to Channel One with their set of musicians led by Sly & Robbie. The Agrovators' sound then became hard to tell from that of the Revolutionaries...
Several tracks have had their playback volumes radically adjusted (several decibels), to fix the very uneven impression given by the LP. First track slightly damaged by a scratch but it has been repaired by having the clicks manually removed and then de-clicked with the rest of the tracks. Mono tracks encoded as single channel mp3s at 160 Kb/s and stereo or stereo-like tracks at 320 Kb/s (2x160Kb). Both types thus have an equal quality of sound. The entire set limited by 1.5dB to get closer to modern CD playback volumes.
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