Album review
Live ! In Europe 2000
Morgan Heritage
HeartBeat Europe

Tracking list

  1. Introduction : Jah Presence
  2. Revolution
  3. Trodding Jah Road
  4. Earthquake
  5. Talkin' Bout War
  6. One Bingi
  7. Live Up
  8. Protect Us Jah
  9. Trodding To Zion/I'm A Rastaman
  10. New Time New Sign
  11. Buss Up Barriers
  12. Speech (featuring Denroy Morgan)
  13. Reggae Bring Back Love
  14. Don't Haffi Dread
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

Born in New York, Morgan Heritage consists of five of the 29 children of Denroy Morgan, former lead vocalist of the Black Eagles - lead vocalists Una, Peter, Gramps, (who also plays the keyboards), rhythm guitarist Lukes and percussionist Mr. Mojo.
The band is extremely popular for it's unique style by blending modern production values with upful message tunes. Their quality album "Protect us Jah" for producer Bobby "Digital" Dixon was one of the most-talked about reggae best-sellers, while the follow up "One Calling" got rave reviews. Their recent studio album "Don't Haffi Dread" is a piece of beautifully arranged music and sublime songwriting, an irresistible set of easy skanking riddims. Furthermore the band has put out a two excellent one-riddim albums : "Morgan Heritage Family & Friends Vol. 1" and "Morgan Heritage Family & Friends Vol. 2".
As part of their European tour Morgan Heritage, alongside L.M.S. and their father Denroy Morgan, came to Belgium on March 4, where they performed at Ancienne Belgique in the capital Brussels. The album opens with a nyabinghi and chant tribute to Jah, followed by a stunning greatest hits selection that grabs the listener and keeps you involved from beginning to end. The band as a whole makes a more than solid impression and combined with Peter Morgan's vocal qualities it results in a highly spiritual, musical and physical happening that I've only experienced many years ago at a Dennis Brown show.
This is an essential live album !
For a more detailed review of Morgan Heritage "Live" check out "Morgan Heritage & Friends - Live At 013, 2 March 2000".

Teacher & Mr. T.