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Listen: Adrian Sherwood edit of Mark Stewart and The Maffia track

March 2015

Stream a track by Mark Stewart and The Maffia from the early 1980s

Mark Stewart and The Maffia's title track from their debut Learning To Cope With Cowardice was originally released in 1982 on Sherwood's own On-U Sound. This edit by Sherwood was released as a flexi-disc single, given away with the May 1983 issue of Vinyl, a Dutch music magazine.

In the sleevenotes for Sherwood At The Controls, the producer remembers first meeting Stewart: "I met Mark in the Revolver record shop in Bristol around 1975 or 76. I was 17 or 18 and he would have been 14 or 15 – a giant spotty schoolboy music fanatic. He would wait there for what he and his mates called the Van From Zion, which was what they called my reggae delivery vehicle carrying the new tunes every week."

The track is included on Sherwood At The Controls Volume 1: 1979–1984 a compilation of early tracks produced or remixed by Sherwood. It's out 6 April on On-U Sound.

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