Album review
U Roy
Tabou1 - Walboomers Music
01 - 07 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Cat Coore - Intro
  2. U Roy & Errol Dunkley - OK Fred
  3. U Roy & Anthony B - Equal Rights
  4. U Roy & Psalms - Dreamland
  5. U Roy & Horace Andy - Come On Come On
  6. U Roy & Brinsley Forde - Coming Home
  7. U Roy & Mighty Diamonds - I Need A Roof
  8. U Roy & Alton Ellis - I'm Still In Love
  9. U Roy & Stranger Jah Cole - I've Got The Boogie
  10. U Roy & Run Run - Rod Taylor
  11. U Roy & Sugar Minott - Wanted
  12. U Roy & Max Romeo - Material Man
  13. U Roy & Nambo, Sly & Robbie & Taxi Gang Nyabinghi Chant
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Wake the town and tell the people, 'cause this musical disc is coming your way, this is Daddy U Roy."
U Roy, aka Ewart Beckford, is undoubtedly THE Godfather of all modern deejays. He started his career at the tender age of 16 at Doctor Dickie's Sound System. His career really took off in 1969, while he was the resident deejay for King Tubby's Hi-Fi sound. There he more than often chatted over riddims produced by Duke Reid.
Amazed by his live performances King Tubby took him to the studio to cut a few singles for Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label in 1970. His first release was "Wake The Town.". It rocketed to the top of the charts. The follow up was the equally brilliant and succesful "Rule The Nation", followed by "Wear You To The Ball" a couple of weeks later. These three sat on the top of the charts for 12 weeks on Jamaica's 2 radio stations. During the following years he ruled supreme, taking Jamaica (and the rest of the world) by storm, lining up hit after hit. In the late 70's he released 4 wicked albums produced with Prince Tony on Virgin Records.
His Stur Gav Sound System, which features top deejays like Ranking Joe, Charlie Chaplin, U Brown and Josey Wales, ranks among the most popular in Jamaica and frequently tours the US, Japan and the UK.
His latest album "Now" is the follow up to his last year's released 'Serious Matter' album. "Now" picks up where 'Serious Matter' left off, and sees U Roy performing with reggae household names such as Sugar Minott, Horace Andy, Anthony B, Errol Dunkley and Max Romeo. In fact U Roy returns to his Treasure Isle days, when he voiced over Duke Reid's tunes, leaving the original vocals of the singer(s) almost untouched. Here he teams up with Errol Dunkley who delivers his biggest hit OK Fred, then comes Bunny Wailer's Dreamland, here performed by Psalms and U Roy. He also does the Peter Tosh killer tune -Equal Rights- with Anthony B, and Alton Ellis comes up with his Studio One hit I'm Still In Love. Two of my favourite tunes are Gregory Isaacs tunes, respectively performed by Sugar Minott and Max Romeo: Wanted aka 'Hot Stepper' and Material Man. A truly joyful piece of music is the ska tune I've Got The Boogie which U Roy does in combination with veteran Stranger 'Jah' Cole. The Mighty Diamonds are also present here with their mid-seventies hit I Need A Roof.
It's amazing how daddy U Roy stays on top for more than three decades, don't believe our words, but check out this album!
Please note : Included is a (hidden) bonus cd which contains the vocal versions of the songs! However this only goes for a limited edition of the first 10,000 copies. In its normal edition the album has 1 cd.

Teacher & Mr. T.