Reggae Legend
Michael Rose
M Records
Digital Release
December 19, 2012

Track list
  1. Warrior
  2. No Burial
  3. Stepping Out Of Babylon
  4. Dangerzone
  5. Wicked Run
  6. A Little Bit More
  7. Zion
  8. African People
  9. Throw Some Stone
  10. Nature
  11. Shilling (Distant Drums Mix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
In 2005 the release of the first Michael Rose production by multi-instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer Ryan Moore of Twilight Circus fame, the full length album "African Roots", gained notable international attention not least because it was widely regarded as the singer's best work since his days with the Grammy Award-winning outfit Black Uhuru. Towards the end of 2006 a second Ryan Moore produced album called "Warrior" saw the light of day, not a real surprise with the rave reviews of its predecessor in mind.

Now, years after the initial releases of the aforementioned albums, Ryan Moore has collected some of the finest efforts of his collaboration with Michael Rose for the digitally released "Reggae Legend" set. The selection of tracks for this collection was done with a modern democratic twist as part of the selection criteria involved was looking at Youtube hits to determine popularity among fans. Apart from the previously released album tracks there's also a bonus track added, the unreleased version/remix of a song called "Shilling".

"Wicked Run", one of five tracks taken from the "African Roots" set, comes with evocative and haunting melodies and icy synth sweeps. This one easily deserves the qualification top stand out track, not only because Michael Rose fully shines throughout, but also because of Ryan Moore's production work being on the right track. Other tracks from that album included here that deserve special mention and attention are "Stepping Out Of Babylon" and "African People". From the "Warrior" set it's the wicked "Dangerzone" that proves to be a strong piece, with "Warrior and "Nature" being matching efforts. The album closer, "Shilling", is a big tune, worth hearing and a real treat for Roots aficionados and Michael Rose fans alike.

A great opportunity for anyone who didn't manage to lay his hands on the hard copies to obtain some of Michael Rose's best works done for producer Ryan Moore.