Hell A Go Pop
Cultural Roots
January 5, 2008

Cultural Roots - Hell a Go Pop Track list
  1. Hell A Go Pop
  2. Every Man Has A Right
  3. Execute
  4. Thief, Liars, Criminals
  5. Where Have You Been
  6. Reggae Music
  7. Tell It To Her
  8. Won't Cooperate
  9. Love Feelings
  10. Lump Sum
  11. Hell A Go Pop (12" Mix)
  12. Love Feelings (12" Mix)
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Total votes : 18
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4
Greensleeves Records are celebrating their 30th anniversary and it really looks like they have opened their treasure chest. Here we have a very fine album from a Jamaican vocal group called Cultural Roots. Not really much is known about Cultural Roots, one of the few vocal quartets of the late 1970s/early 1980s. The re-release is done in the original album cover design and so there is not a lot of information on it. Cultural Roots was formed as a classic vocal roots group - members were Hubert Brooks on lead vocals and Wade Dyce alongside Norman Gallimore and Everton Drummond on harmony vocals.

The group's fourth album "Hell A Go Pop" - the follow up to "Rub-A-Dub", "Drift Away From Evil" and "Revolutionary Sounds", all produced by Donovan Germain - was recorded in 1984 at a time when reggae music was changing from roots to dancehall. Producer of this album was Henry "Junjo" Lawes and so you have all of the rest - Channel One had to be the studio and guess what... right... Roots Radics are the backing band, while engineering was done by Soldgie. Well some of you might think - oh no! not another Junjo Lawes album using the well known slow riddims of the early eighties again. Forget about that, here you have a complete underrated masterpiece of this time and - except one - the riddims are not so over-versioned or well known.

This set highlights Cultural Roots' beautiful vocal harmonies, reminiscent of groups like The Wailing Souls and The Meditations. There are no weak tracks here, and personal favourites are Hell A Go Pop, Thief, Liars, Criminals and also Love Feelings on John Holt's "Police In Helicopter" riddim. Fortunately for all of us Greensleeves has added to the essential original album 2 heavy bonus tracks in 12" mix. So in case you - like me - missed this album at the time of the original release - here you have the chance to get a real killer in extended form. Don't ignore this one!