Sons Of Slaves
Junior Delgado
Trojan Records
September 19, 2005

Track list
  1. Reaction (as Time Unlimited)
  2. Africa, We Are Going Home (as Time Unlimited)
  3. Run Bald Head (as Time Unlimited)
  4. Mi Nuh Matta (as El Cisco Delgado)
  5. Sons Of Slaves (12" version)
  6. Twenty-Third Psalm (as Juks Dread)
  7. Tichon
  8. Jah Jah Say (12" version)
  9. Devil's Throne
  10. The Raiders (12" version)
  11. Born To Be Wild
  12. Gimme Your Love
  13. Hypo
  14. Lady
  15. Look At The Trees (aka Created By The Father)
  16. Mr Fix It
  17. Rock Me Baby
  18. Shelter
  19. Song Of Love
  20. Tell Me How You Feel
  21. What's The Matter With The People
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3 Backing : 3 Production : 3 Sound quality : 3 Sleeve : 5
Junior Delgado, like The Twinkle Brothers, has had a huge influence on the entire UK roots scene, due in main to the aggressive minor chord steppers rhythms he chose to chant over and his harsh vocal style.

Junior Delgado followers snapped up his Rocker's discomixes such as "Away With Your Fussing And Fighting" (re-released about ten years ago by Greensleeves), his excellent compilation on Pressure Sounds, and checked out some of the related dubs such as "Storm Is Coming (Version)" released on the recent D.Brown dub album on Blood and Fire.

This new Trojan compilation is not as strong as those releases -- but it is worth buying for completists, particularly for the first ten songs.

The first ten tracks are excellent-- but the latter ten tracks, since they are made up of his later digital releases are not that memorable, sounding too under produced and sparse.

The opening track -- "Africa We Are Going Home" -- is a work of real imagination and surreality with the same vocal harmony as D. Brown’s "Emmanuel" though the rhythm track is significantly different. The bass has a harsh funk swing, and the vocals -- surprisingly -- sound like Howling Wolf or even Screaming Jay Hawkins, albeit in a roots incarnation.

"Run Bald Head" has a Bluebeat speed and groove to it with beautiful Congos' style backing vocals. "Mi Nuh Matta" again, has a rude boy pace, with elements of Slim Smith's "My Conversation" flowing in and out of the mix -- Delgado is taking a DJ role here rather than vocalising.

"23rd Psalm" sounds like early Big Youth whilst "Devil's Throne" is a cut to Freddy Mckay’s "Creation Rebel", also versioned by Tappa Zukie on the MPLA album. "So Jah Jah Say" is a full 12" discomix cut to the thunderous hooligan thud of "Tichon" -- but this cut is surprisingly transformed by a horns section into a far more delicate jazz tinged structure.

"Song Of Love" and "What's The Matter With People" come from Delgado's digital period in the late 80's/early 90's and are virtually protype early junglist, years before their time.