Album review
Presenting I.Roy / Hell And Sorrow
Trojan Records

Tracking list

  1. Red, gold and green
  2. Pusher man
  3. Black man time
  4. Smile like an angel
  5. Peace
  6. Coxsone affair
  7. Screw face
  8. The first cut is the deepest
  9. Melinda
  10. Tourism is my business
  11. Tripe girl
  12. Cow town skank
  13. Deep and heavy
  14. Trouble man
  15. Sugar candy
  16. Monkey fashion
  17. Black & proud
  18. Medley mood
  19. Jah lion jungle
  20. Forward LA
  21. Buck and the preacher
  22. Dr. Phibbs
  23. African descendant
  24. Call on I
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4

Trojan Records reissues I.Roy's first album release Presenting I.Roy for producer Augustus "Gussie" Clarke (including some tunes he did for Pete Weston) and its self-produced follow-up Hell And Sorrow on one CD. Both albums were released in 1973, which was - measured by the number of different producers (at least ten !) for whom I.Roy worked - his top year. And indeed these two albums feature I.Roy at his best. Dismissed by many as an uptown U.Roy knockoff, I.Roy sounds very good on these tracks after all these years. So, if you're tired of the modern deejay sound and hanker for the roots of the style check this I.Roy reissue. Strong stuff from the past !

Teacher & Mr. T.