Boom Shack A Lack
Junior Reid
03 - 08 - 2002

Track list
  1. Boom-Shack-A-Lack
  2. Cross Over The Border
  3. Mother Move
  4. Big Timer
  5. Row Your Boat
  6. There Will Be No Darkness
  7. Drink Out Me Royalty
  8. Strange Things
  9. Sitting In The Park
  10. False Rumours
  11. Old Time Something
  12. Boom-Shack-A-Lack (12" mix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Greensleeves' second bunch of re-releases includes some very interesting titles. Next to Keith Hudson's 'Rasta Communication' they have put out on cd (for the second time) Junior Reid's best album to date, the 1985 set "Boom-Shack-A-Lack".
To date Jamaican born singer Delroy 'Junior' Reid is perhaps best known as the man who replaced Michael Rose in Black Uhuru. But the story begins earlier than that, with Junior getting his initial inspiration from a tough upbringing in West Kingston's notorious Waterhouse district. It was there in the politically turbulent mid-seventies that he recorded his first-ever single, 'Know Myself' at the age of 14 for the late Hugh Mundell, released in the U.K by Greensleeves. He then went on to form his own band, the Voice Of Progress, and after a local hit with 'Mini-Bus Driver' the group scored local success with an album of the same name. On the demise of the band he recorded a number of tunes for Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion label, enjoying considerable popularity with tracks such as 'Human Nature', 'A1 Lover' and the evergreen 'See How Me Black See How Me Shine', an uplifting and proud statement which became an anthem to the ghetto youth whom Junior increasingly championed.
By the time Sugar released the resultant album, Junior himself had moved on; transferring his talents to Prince Jammys studio on St Lucia Road where his fast-growing success rose yet another notch. 'Boom Shack A Lack' was his first UK hit and led to another exceptional album which Greensleeves put out to critical acclaim. It was at this early peak of popularity when he was asked to sing lead for Black Uhuru (1985). Around 1991, Junior Reid set up the JR Recording Studio and record distribution plant in Kingston, Jamaica. A number of top Jamaican artist have recorded there, and Junior Reid has produced a good number of critically respected albums. From his humble beginnings in the ghetto of Waterhouse to the CEO of a major recording studio and record label, Junior Reid has accomplished a great deal on this short time on earth. With his incisive, almost prophetic lyrics and unstinting support for the ghettoman cause, Junior Reid remains a roots artist of great power
I think this set is Junior's best album ever. Others point to the 'One Blood' album, as being the singer's best effort. The combination of the Hi-Times Band playing at their best, the rootsy and heavy pre-digital production of the mighty Prince Jammy and the choice of tunes makes this one an unforgettable album, which has stood the test of time exceptionally well ! The album features two excellent bonus tracks : Old Time Something and the 12" mix of Boom Shack A Lack, which were issued in 1984 as the 12" single GRED 163.
A must-have set, if you haven't got it already.