Album review
Roots & Romance
Earl Zero
Jahcowboy Music
02 - 03 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Jah Love Will Always Grow
  2. You I Love
  3. Marijuana
  4. Zion Country
  5. Reaching Out
  6. Sugar In The Rain
  7. Let I Go Babylon
  8. Just The Way It Is
  9. The Sun Is Shining For All
  10. Feel So Good
  11. Jah Love Will Always Grow (Version)
  12. You I Love (Dub)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4

Earl Zero hails from the Greenwich Farm ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica. In the 70's he recorded some classics tunes in a cultural rastafarian style across tracks laid down by the Soul Syndicate at Channel One or Randy's which were voiced and mixed at King Tubby's. In the late 70's he relocated to Northern California after accompanying his friend Soul Syndicate on a tour there.
'Roots & Romance' is his first full-length CD of new material since 1979. Here you will find good old school reggae, with songs of love, spiritual longing and defiant social activism. For good measure the album includes two dub versions by Scientist of Jah Love Will Always Grow and You I Love. The album title refers the to mixture of songs that are offered here. Tracks such as You I Love, Reaching Out and Sugar In The Rain explore love and romance, while tunes like Jah Love Will Always Grow, Let I Go Babylon and Just The Way It Is mix the spiritual and political. Furthermore he covers Prince Allah's classic tune The Sun Is Shining For All and he also delivers Marijuana, a celebration of the herb, written by his childhood friend Earl 'Chinna' Smith. The music provided by the backing band reminds me of the pre-digital mid-eighties sound. Production credits go out to Roger Clark and Jon Robin, two members of the backing band.
'Roots & Romance' sees Earl Zero in good shape, backed by a Jamaican sounding band.

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