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Toots & The Maytals — Pressure Drop (w/ Eric Clapton)
Album: True Love
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Released: 2004
Length: 2:56
Plays (last 30 days): 5
Hmm hmm hmm, yeah... [3x]

It is you (oh yeah)
It is you, you (oh yeah)
It is you (oh yeah)

Cause a pressure drop, oh pressure
Oh yeah pressure drop a drop on you
I say a pressure drop, oh pressure
Oh yeah pressure drop a drop on you

I say when it drops, oh you gonna feel it
Know that you were doing wrong.

Hmm hmm hmm, yeah... [3x]
I say a pressure drop, oh pressure
Oh yeah, pressure drop a drop on you [2x]
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I love this! aand somehow it makes me think of Sinéad's cover of 'Down pressure man' - I think some of the same musicians are involved ... can any one enlighten me?
Lots of hate for EC here, and I'm not his biggest fan either, but I think the  licks and pace of this version is kick a$$. I love this version of Pressure Drop, and will turn it up and happily count in the 1, 2, a-1, 2 10 10 along with Mr. Toots every time
 Wonderloaf wrote:

best thing Clapton did since Cream
a. great guitar tone
b. wah pedal
c. he's not singing...

d. ...or shouting racist screeds from the stage



fixed it for ya.
 Jakethemuss wrote:

I like this but it doesn’t really need Clapton’s input. Original is a straight ten.



really?

i think this is the best thing EC has done in a very long time.....great guitar tone!
Shit Hot.
Robert Palmer did a great cover of this song.


dwlangham wrote:
Yeah, but you don't see me going for the PSD button.

 LizK wrote:


Ok, but where is the PSD button?

'PSD' was the 'Play Something Different' button that Radio Paradise used to have - which would play an (apparently) random track, before returning to the 'live' mix. 
.
'PSD' has since been 'obsoleted' by the 'skip' button of course, but is still referred to by those of us who remember the days before and during the presence of the 'PSD' button as a way of saying words to the effect of  'i dislike the track that is now playing sufficiently for me to reject it'
(or 'They're playing The Smiths again' )
Cheers
 Jakethemuss wrote:

I like this but it doesn’t really need Clapton’s input. Original is a straight ten.



I don't get comments like this. It's not like Clapton forced his way into this version. He was invited as a guest of the artist who wrote the song to perform on this version of  it. It's not a replacement of the original version and it wouldn't have made it to the album as is if Toots and the band weren't okay with Clapton's playing.
If you've ever been in the tropics you know what a pressure drop is, and it can mean bad news: big storm is coming. Tie down your roof and bring the goats in.
 dwlangham wrote:
Yeah, but you don't see me going for the PSD button.
 

Ok, but where is the PSD button?
no one had pipes like Toots Hibbert
I'd go as far as saying not only was Clapton's input not needed, but it actually heavily detracted from the quality of the song. Annoying guitar licks that didn't need to be added,  or could've been done in a much more subtle way.

Reminds me a bit of Ry Cooder playing with Buenavista Social Club...there are moments in that movie where you can see the Cuban players cringe when Ry Cooder steps in with a really loud, almost attention-seeking sequence.
 derhey9416 wrote:

RIP Toots! Another gone too soon!



For the last 50 years, if I said the word "reggae" I heard "Bob Marley" in response.
I would then say, "For me, reggae is Toots Hibbert."
This collaborations album is such a great work!
Hail HAIL to the Grandfathers of Reggae 
 bodyschool wrote:
and what is the purpose of EC here?
 

To give the middle finger to erstwhile critics because they're obviously two legends having fun?
 jonahboo wrote:
best thing Clapton did since Cream
a. great guitar tone
b. wah pedal
c. he's not singing
 

Savage
 bodyschool wrote:
and what is the purpose of EC here?
 
It's called fun, mate


and what is the purpose of EC here?
RIP Toots! Another gone too soon!
 jonahboo wrote:
best thing Clapton did since Cream
a. great guitar tone
b. wah pedal
c. he's not singing
 
Disagree.  Can't possibly be the 'best thing' EC's done since Cream.  This is a sharp fun, party song with a nudge to think a bit.  Layla (song and album) was a classic and a masterstroke, and even though EC was but half of a red hot axe duo, he is stellar.  Overlooking that is...a perception drop.  Plus, snarky comments are made about EC's singing, but his voice has never rubbed me for one the wrong way.  
 jonahboo wrote:
best thing Clapton did since Cream
a. great guitar tone
b. wah pedal
c. he's not singing
  And  Eric probably is too afraid to mess with other band members' girlfriends which ended a lot of Clapton's collaborations.

 cely wrote:
This is a case where the original is just so much better.
 

Yeah, but you don't see me going for the PSD button.
 Jakethemuss wrote:
I like this but it doesn’t really need Clapton’s input. Original is a straight ten.
 

Original takes me back to high school, and some of the music that saw me through it, as does The Clash Magnificent Seven (in some mix cuts). Original is always a ten. The riffs on this and the circling back to toots and the Reggae that helped spawn ska? Nice!!
I always turn this one up.  It's not a masterpiece or anything, but I really enjoy it. 
 jonahboo wrote:
best thing Clapton did since Cream
a. great guitar tone
b. wah pedal
c. he's not singing
 

Aaahhhaaaa

Ahhhhaahhhaaaooo

Hhhehehehhhaaahahaaa ooooo  ooo aahhh

Cough. Ahhhaa. 

I'm good! 

*waves smoke away*

Yeah, I'm good!
 Wisecrowe wrote:
RP's favorite song!
 
Totally. I love that fact Bill and Rebecca are people and all that implies.... I like this song more every time it shows up in the playlist....
best thing Clapton did since Cream
a. great guitar tone
b. wah pedal
c. he's not singing
I like this but it doesn’t really need Clapton’s input. Original is a straight ten.
RP's favorite song!
 cely wrote:
This is a case where the original is just so much better.
 
yes, like herbie hancock and clapton on layla. 
This is a case where the original is just so much better.
Love this song in all it's versions. Bill, how about playing some Robert Palmer, Sneakin' Sally and Pressure Drop were both good with the help of Little Feat!
 GTT wrote:
A great song to hear after a day of mind-numbing grading and turning in grades for 4 classes!

 
Feel your pain...Semester's over, our Pain begins
Earlier versions without the rushed tempo far superior
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Guitarist}  {#Umbrella}{#Drummer} ↔Pressure's  A be a dropin and just had a downpour here in the Philippines 🇵🇭 ⛈
This'll put you in a good mood.
Do I  hear Robert Palmer doing backing vocals
A great song to hear after a day of mind-numbing grading and turning in grades for 4 classes!
 andychannelle wrote:
Can't find this version of Pressure Drop on Youtube. It's by far the best version. Anyone got a link?
 

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvc952FKtS4
Can't find this version of Pressure Drop on Youtube. It's by far the best version. Anyone got a link?
 
a one, a two,
one, two, ten, twelve!
i'm a drummer, i can only count to four. not sure what happens after that, usually 'batter'    {#Drummer}
Just noticed the count in for the first time (1, 2, 10, 12) which i found amusing.
BTW is it common knowledge that Bono counts in (the equivalent of) "1, 2 , 3, 14" on 'Vertigo' by U2.
I heard an interview where Bono was asked why he counted in as "1, 2, 3, 14", he said "Do i?" that made me laugh too!
I know 'Pressure Drop' from the version by The Clash. i like them both. {#Laughing}
Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds do a better job of this. 
This is about the only way I can take Raggae, though it's probably more related to Ska.
It is you, it is you, it is you, oh yeah!!!!!  {#Bananapiano}

the late great Robert palmer does a great cover of this from album of same title


Now I realized where Doug and the Slugs got their beats from.
 Poacher wrote:

Yet to me it is completely the opposite I love reggae in all its forms (although this track can only be described as having a reggae flavour at best)

I find it curious to hear of extremes of negativity to a particular style of music. Are some people conditioned to think they don't like a style? I think this could be something that is highly relevant.

Think about it. Normally our listening habits are formed as a child and in the family home. In the past, I have seen people/parents berate,say, opera as being 'rubbish'. I have seen the same for Jazz, classical, pop, prog, whatever. The reasons can be many and varied but for a child, or in a peer group, the conditioning runs deep. Who wants to be associated with something that is not cool or regarded os worthwhile?

So, Chris. I'd love to know if this is the case for you? That perhaps at some point you were strongly told that (for whatever reason) reggae is not worthy of listening to.  

 
.. ahh.. the philosophy of aesthetics.. why do we find some things attractive some things unattractive and some things disgusting or repellent?

Why do we go all gooey at a sunset over a tropical sea yet go all nauseous at gooey slugs feasting on a dead rat that we see in the bushes? Both are natural manifestations and both have their place in the order of things so what's our problem with it? Is it just the associations they bear? Death decay and disease are not really that conducive to good sex (as the sun sets over the tropical sea, etc) so we shy away from them? Is it just biological? Is it just tribalism that makes us hit the PSD as we ostracize one set of tastes/people from our set of potential mates? Or do we feel our world order threatened? Or are we the slugs in the middle of a feast and it's the others having glorious sex on a tropical beach somewhere.. 
 averybadcat wrote:

what if this was hillary clinton (with a new spiral perm) accidentally walking in on bill being naughty

 
What if? What IF, RPers!?!? 

I'm sorry, averybadcat, but this ain't 1994. And I don't think Bill really steps out anymore.  

Final thought: have you forgotten the Starr Report, or do you really need to be in the room when people are getting it on? 
 mgoldman wrote:
Honey I'm Home
Dropping the Pressure.

 
what if this was hillary clinton (with a new spiral perm) accidentally walking in on bill being naughty


Ska{#Dancingbanana}
 ChrisVIII wrote:
I understand that RP is a great radio station because it plays all kind of music but I can't stand reggae.. To me it's an immediate PSD, no matter who the artist is.
 
Yet to me it is completely the opposite I love reggae in all its forms (although this track can only be described as having a reggae flavour at best)

I find it curious to hear of extremes of negativity to a particular style of music. Are some people conditioned to think they don't like a style? I think this could be something that is highly relevant.

Think about it. Normally our listening habits are formed as a child and in the family home. In the past, I have seen people/parents berate,say, opera as being 'rubbish'. I have seen the same for Jazz, classical, pop, prog, whatever. The reasons can be many and varied but for a child, or in a peer group, the conditioning runs deep. Who wants to be associated with something that is not cool or regarded os worthwhile?

So, Chris. I'd love to know if this is the case for you? That perhaps at some point you were strongly told that (for whatever reason) reggae is not worthy of listening to.  
I understand that RP is a great radio station because it plays all kind of music but I can't stand reggae.. To me it's an immediate PSD, no matter who the artist is.
I'd rather listen to the original. The cover version by The Clash wouldn't be too bad either.
So tired of this track {#Sorry}
 jhorton wrote:
Every time this lame Clapton version comes on, I have to go to my iTunes and play the blissful original.

Why, Bill why, can we never hear the blissful original? 

 
The original gets played here, maybe not as often as this version, though.
{#Clap}Yeah!  Finally some UPBEAT music today...yikes...
Every time this lame Clapton version comes on, I have to go to my iTunes and play the blissful original.

Why, Bill why, can we never hear the blissful original? 
Honey I'm Home
Dropping the Pressure.
Be a lot better without that annoying guitar.
 joelbb wrote:

You got those numbers backwards.

 
EXACTLY !
 Orodrigues wrote:
10 for Eric, 8 for T & M = 9

 
You got those numbers backwards.
What a fantastic version of one of my favorite songs! I learned to love the original from RP playing it too. I love the music I discover on here.
10 for Eric, 8 for T & M = 9
Yessss ! Releasing some pressure right now. Thank you RP !
what a great morning song - got my toes a tappin'!
Thank God for PSD!
 ziggytrix wrote:

It isn't reggae at all.  It's ska.
 
Nope, it ain't ska either!!
avocado64 wrote:
Why Eric Clapton? The original is so much better
 
Why not Eric Clapton?  And the original must be awesome, 'cause this is cooking!!!
 Poacher wrote:

Sorry, but this is about as far from 'real' reggae as it can be without falling over. Don't get me wrong, I like Toots and have seen him play a number of times over the years, but this is NOT reggae.
 
It isn't reggae at all.  It's ska.
Why Eric Clapton? The original is so much better
"1... 2... errrrr 10.... 10, yeah, f*ck it, that'll do."
 Poacher wrote:

Sorry, but this is about as far from 'real' reggae as it can be without falling over. Don't get me wrong, I like Toots and have seen him play a number of times over the years, but this is NOT reggae.
 
Agreed.....  it's frankly rather awful!
 gypsyman wrote:


OK. Having a true WTF? moment.
 
Oh, you just HAD to double the trouble, didn't you?
Still like Robert Palmer's version the best.
 rockpommel16 wrote:
.......
 

OK. Having a true WTF? moment.
.......
Kind of grew on me in the past weeks. I think it's fun. Makes me wanna dance. And that's always good. 
 joelbb wrote:
At last, DECENT reggae vs. Bob Marley singing "My New Hit Just Like My Other Hits, Part 4"
 
Sorry, but this is about as far from 'real' reggae as it can be without falling over. Don't get me wrong, I like Toots and have seen him play a number of times over the years, but this is NOT reggae.
YES...DROP THE PRESSURE
At last, DECENT reggae vs. Bob Marley singing "My New Hit Just Like My Other Hits, Part 4"
Though played much too often, it does hold up. Nice upbeat kind of song. Fun to listen too. More!{#Nyah}
Tuneage!
 ERERER wrote:
With all due respect to Bill, this song is played way too often for my taste.
 
"One mo' once..."
Sure; we've all heard it before. So what's the problem with it ?
Okay then.
 Shesdifferent wrote:
Please make it stop...why must I be listening at this time?
 
EEEEEEEEEEEHHhhaaa !!! more plays please Bill one of my favourite tracks here on RP ,,,,, by the way Shesdifferent perhaps you can listent to what YOU want on another Radio station, there is no obligation to stay here.
With all due respect to Bill, this song is played way too often for my taste.
But, I am in the mood for this.
 Tippster wrote:
A lot of anal tentivity going on in this discussion.  

I think it's fun as hell. 
 
"Tentivity"?  That seems like a somewhat cromulent word.
 1wolfy wrote:
 Nope SoundThinker wrote:
Can anybody out there think of any song that Bill plays more than this one on RP?
 
 
Oh, yes, New Pornographers - Bleeding Heart Show, which is really good! or everything from Anna Ternheim :(


Please make it stop...why must I be listening at this time?
Well done and like the addition of EC guitar, but after about a minute...I tire of this. I know, I know...it's MY problem.

I plead no contest to this blatant plagiarism, RT, but everyone in my classroom be dancing.


Either this is way overplayed or I listen to RadioParadise way too much. I mean, it's not a bad song, but....
Weird coincidence.  Toots' facebook just put this up https://soundcloud.com/phree/03-pressure-drop/s-vpfJK

It's from his upcoming Unplugged album for charity.  Odd hearing the same tune twice in 10 minutes.
 Nope SoundThinker wrote:
Can anybody out there think of any song that Bill plays more than this one on RP?
 


its all too much..
One of those songs if you are driving that you just find yourself bopping in your seat!!
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananapiano}


Carryover from Stewart Copeland...
Thanks, K-BILLY          
Ernest Ranglin's version is better, but anyway a great song! Feliz Ano Novo!
 
A lot of anal tentivity going on in this discussion.  

I think it's fun as hell. 
 window wrote:
Great song, terrible version.  Irreparably marred by Clapton's wah-wah-wanking throughout the whole flippin' song.  Honestly, it sounds like some talented teenager who just got his first Crybaby:  No judgement on when to play or when to use the effect pedal, just indiscriminately vomiting notes everywhere.  Not what we have come to expect from Mr. Clapton. 

 
I see your point, but it's still a pretty good song IMO.

 Shesdifferent wrote:
Unfortunately I am still listening while this is on.
 
Well that doesn`t bother me one little bit. Luckily  I'm an Archangel, thereby outranking you.
 bluecshells wrote:

Yes!

 
No!
Unfortunately I am still listening while this is on.

Yes!


 HazzeSwede wrote:
I have one for sale,,Pm me.

I'll second that .. Utter Crap-ton
 

This whole Ckapton and friends thing is so much overrated. This song sucks from the beginning.
 window wrote:
Great song, terrible version.  Irreparably marred by Clapton's wah-wah-wanking throughout the whole flippin' song.  Honestly, it sounds like some talented teenager who just got his first Crybaby:  No judgement on when to play or when to use the effect pedal, just indiscriminately vomiting notes everywhere.  Not what we have come to expect from Mr. Clapton. 

  I have one for sale,,Pm me.


An ok song the first dozen times. Way overplayed now.
Great song, terrible version.  Irreparably marred by Clapton's wah-wah-wanking throughout the whole flippin' song.  Honestly, it sounds like some talented teenager who just got his first Crybaby:  No judgement on when to play or when to use the effect pedal, just indiscriminately vomiting notes everywhere.  Not what we have come to expect from Mr. Clapton. 

 Bat wrote:

That was Toots & the Maytals on the soundtrack.  Jimmy Cliff starred in the movie and did several of the songs on the soundtrack, but not all of them.
 

I pulled that soundtrack out and listened to it in my car this past weekend. Excellent, excellent CD. I'd forgotten how good it is.

 Rabid_Engineer wrote:
Unfortunately, because I've listened to it as a kid, I prefer Jimmy Cliff's version on the Soundtrack to The Harder They Come. Not that this version is bad, it just does not appeal to me as much.
 
That was Toots & the Maytals on the soundtrack.  Jimmy Cliff starred in the movie and did several of the songs on the soundtrack, but not all of them.


Classic reggae - always a fave of mine!
 Cynaera wrote:

I'm mesmerized by this... {#Bananasplit} Was dancing to this song with my Buddha-cat in my arms, and he was purring and drooling to it. My cats are the barometer by which I gauge whether or not a song is of quality. If they leave the room, I know the song is inferior.  (They invariably leave the room when I start singing.  Go figure.)

  

These are for you and Buddha cat.




 robintrevor wrote:

 
Really?  :)

Great song. Unfortunate rendition.