Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Greensleeves Records
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6x7" Limited Box Edition
September 18, 2009

Artist & tune

  • Wailing Souls - Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall b/w
  • Roots Radics - Kingdom Dub

  • Johnny Osbourne - Never Stop Fighting b/w
  • Roots Radics - Never Stop Dub

  • Earl Sixteen - The Rastaman b/w
  • Augustus Pablo - Peaceful Man Dub

  • Barrington Levy - Look Youthman b/w
  • Roots Radics - Youthman Dub

  • Eek-A-Mouse - Do You Remember b/w
  • Roots Radics - Remember Dub

  • Black Uhuru - I Love King Selassie b/w
  • Prince Jammy - His Imperial Majesty
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
Greensleeves Records have started 'exploiting' their backcatalogue by handing several well-known producers and artists the task to compile CDs (or 7"s box-sets). Something that can easily lead to compilations with over-anthologized tunes nobody really needs, but ... one of the UK's most respected soundsystem veterans avoided that trap and thanks to the Zulu Warrior, Jah Shaka we get to share his "Positive Message". Not only did he compile the wonderful CD "Jah Shaka Presents The Positive Message" but Greensleeves pay tribute to the legendary South London soundman Jah Shaka with a wonderful 6x7" limited edition boxset as well. These 7"s feature 6 of the tunes from the CD accompanied by their magnificent dubs.

Thanks to Münster, Germany based reggae-shop Irie Records I got my hands on this promo-copy. The first 7" brings us the Wailing Souls with their in 1980 by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes produced "Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall", backed by the mighty Roots Radics, who are starring on the flipside in the "Kingdom Dub", the second Johnny Osbourne's "Never Stop Fighting" and its corresponding "Never Stop Dub", recorded for Linval Thompson in 1981. Then Earl Sixteen delivers the soothing "The Rastaman" paired with its wonderful Augustus Pablo "Peaceful Man Dub".

Barrington Levy's "Look Youthman" - that Greensleeves Records originally released with the Roots Radics' "Youthman Dub" in 1980 as a 12" - graces the fourth 7", followed by 1982 Eek-A-Mouse in a conscious style with his by Linval Thompson produced "Do You Remember" a.k.a. "Slavery" and the Roots Radics' impressive "Remember Dub". Last but not least Prince Jammy's seminal Black Uhuru production "I Love King Selassie" and its fabulous dub "His Imperial Majesty" are included in this boxset that is so beautiful that you'd even buy it without having a turntable. An immaculate Greensleeves and Jah Shaka collaboration.