Various artists album review
Reggae On The River ~ 20th Anniversary
Earthbeat! Records
August 12 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Judy Mowatt - Jah Live
  2. Diana King - Shy Guy
  3. David Lindley - Jah Reggae, People Are You Ready
  4. Steeel Pulse - Earth Crisis
  5. Michael Frantie & Spearhead - Rock The Nation
  6. Sizzla & Capleton - The Vibes
  7. Beres Hammond - Putting Up Resistance
  8. Anjelique Kidjo - Wé Wé
  9. Jimmy Cliff - Wonderful World, Beautiful People
  10. Third World & Julian Lennon - Hold Tight
  11. Damian Marley - Trouble
  12. Luciano & Morgan Heritage - Talking 'Bout
  13. Natural Vibrations - Come Around
  14. Michael Rose - Happiness
  15. Toots & The Maytals - Hit Mek
  16. Culture - Pay Day
  17. Rod Deal & The I-Deals - Herbicide Danger
  18. Israel Vibration - Reggae On The River
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Reggae on the River® is internationally acclaimed as three days of "the best Reggae and World music experience to be found." An annual pilgrimage for thousands each year to reconnect spiritually with friends, groove to the superb musical offerings and relax in the beautiful natural environment of the concert site. The three-day outdoor Festival is held annually on the first weekend of August and takes place on the shores of the Eel River, at French's Camp in Piercy, California and is surrounded by the ancient redwood forest of the North Pacific Coast. The Festival was started in 1984 as a fundraiser to rebuild the local Mateel Community Center, which was lost due to a fire. Many of the original committee members still work on the event each year. The Festival has also spawned a private production, People Productions, from the Mateel staff and partners Carol Bruno and Paul Bassis continue to co-produce Reggae on the River®.
In honor of the successful history of the Festival and reggae music, EarthBeat! Records releases the "Reggae on the River – 20th Anniversary" CD, highlighting some of the biggest names in the world of reggae. The CD features licensed studio tracks from a line-up of reggae artists who have performed during the festival’s 20 year history.
Alongside some of reggae's greatest names such as Sizzla & Capleton, delivering the stunning tune The Vibes, Beres Hammond with his tune Putting Up Resistance and the strong combination track Talking 'Bout performed by Luciano and Morgan Heritage, you will find lesser known artists like Michael Frantie & Spearhead. In 1986, Franti formed the "Beatnigs," whose black industrial sound deconstructed punk, rock, and Reaganism, with a leather-jacketed "No!" to militarism, racism and compromise. Than in 1992 Franti and Beatnig member Rono Tse, along with multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hunter, became the "Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy," and in 1994 "Spearhead" emerged. Rock The Nation is a powerful and riddim driven song, well worth checking out the lyrics ! David Lindley has been one of Hollywood's most in demand session musicians. His band, David Lindley & El Rayo - X, was created in 1981, named after a Mexican matinee idol, which integrated American roots music and world beat with a heavy reggae influence. Here he delivers here a traditional one-drop reggae tune, injected with guitar solo's, called Jah Reggae, People Are You Ready?. Diana King had an international hit with Shy Guy and reggae veteran Michael Rose brings his 1997 version of the Black Uhuru tune Happiness. UK based Steel Pulse are present here with 1984 song Earth Crisis, not their best tune, if possible we would have picked another one.
All in all the cd is an enjoyable compilation of well known and lesser known reggae tunes.

Teacher & Mr. T.