Cat Campbell - Musical Chastisement

A: Cat Campbell – Musical Chastisement (?)

B: 3rd & 4th Generation band (?) – version


Now here’s a chastisement you don’t get everyday. For starters because it’s quite rare and it was never issued as a regular release. I’m not sure how many of these puppies were pressed, but there seem to be two misprint singles floating around that feature this song. The first is the one you’re looking at on this site: it comes on a Jogib label with a credit to the Love Generation’s ‘Warricka Hill‘. I’ve never seen a copy where the names weren’t blacked-out with a marker, but I might be wrong there as I don’t come across it every day. The second issue you could try your luck on, is a Pressure Beat 7inch credited to Cat Campbell’s “By the river brown sugar’ which sometimes features ‘Chastisement.’

Although it’s still unknown who’s deejaying on this call for originality, the general consent seems to be that it’s Cat Campbell on the mic. Cat recorded a few sides for Joe Gibbs in the early seventies and, listening to those, I tend to agree it’s his voice featuring this recording as well. I write ‘tend to agree’ on purpose, because I have to admit that I can’t shake the feeling that it could also be Delroy Jones doing his thing here. The main reason for that is that the frantic, hyperhyper and Alcapone-based style of dj’ing Cat Campbell is best known for is missing on this track. But maybe that’s because he tried something different?

Because one thing is apparent: this track is far out and something else. As if to emphasise the dj’s point of being original, Errol Thompson is going berzerk with the backing track. Panning the sound to an almost 3D kind of experience and dropping various instruments in and out of the mix with crude fades, resulting in a skippy beat that never really takes off but somehow does hold a promise to eventually do so – which makes this a really interesting early dub canvass. With horns and percussion added, the B-side presents an even more radical version of Slim Smith’s rocksteady gem.

As a one off, this dub may sound a tad experimental, but Errol T actually got quite a few versions of “My Conversation” to play around with. Rupie Edwards licensed the backingtrack from Bunny Lee, who had originally recorded it, and asked Errol T for a remix on a couple of sessions. One of the first one-riddim albums, a new concept at the time, was the result. ‘Musical Chastisement’ wasn’t on there, and, as said before, it was never properly released as 45. Taking the other versions out there in account, I can see why, but I’d say it’s definitely a track worth tracking down. Because after 40 odd years after its release, or rather, especially after 40 odd years after its release, I found out it works wonders when you drop it..

What makes me wonder though: was it versioning Cat Campbell talked about on this record?

Label: Jogib (Ja)
Release date: 1972
Matrix: JG 2214 RRS / Never See 2213
Riddim: Slim Smith – My conversation

(originally posted on 17-04-12)



  • pressurebeat says:
    28 November 2014 at 13:28



    Richard Brass said…

    My copy of this record has a mispressed Heptones – The Cheerful label. Run-offs are as noted here. Great track, “something kinda progressive”!


    Pressure Beat said…

    Thanks for your comment, Richard. I hadn’t come across that label/tune combination yet.





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