Various artists album review
Junjo Presents A Live Session With Aces International
19 - 07 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Eek A Mouse
  2. Buru Banton
  3. Yellowman & Fathead
  4. Little John
  5. Toyan
  6. Yellowman
  7. Eek A Mouse
  8. Toyan *
  9. Ringo **
  10. Beenie Man **
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

One of the UK's most famous reggae labels, Greensleeves, celebrates it's 25th birthday in 2001. They have come a long way from it's origins as a West London record store selling all types of music to local fans. To mark this first quarter century they are re-issuing many albums from their extensive back catalogue. These albums are all Digitally Re-mastered and are at a special cheaper price. Titles range from early Roots and Dub, through the heady days of 80's Dancehall to today's hardcore Ragga, and feature just about all of Reggae's Superstars from 1976 to the modern day. Since the 1970's Greensleeves has remained at the cutting edge of Jamaican music, promoting each successive wave - Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and Ragga - to a world-wide audience. It's first releases were instantly successful: Dr. Alimatado's legendary 'Best Dressed Chicken In Town' crossed over to achieve cult status in the punk era, and Greensleeves built on this success with a catalogue brimful of classic albums and huge crossover hits like Shaggy's 'Oh Carolina', Beenie Man's 'Who Am I?' and Mr. Vegas' 'Heads High'.
One of the albums they had not released before on Compact Disc is the 1982/1983 live album "Junjo Presents A Live Session With Aces International". The set was recorded live on Wednesday 13th October 1982 with Aces International and the added bonus tracks were recorded on 27th February 1983 with People's Choice (*) and the other two bonus tracks (**) date from that same day but were done with Lees Unlimited. The album was the follow up to the 'Live at Aces' album, which was the first ever live dancehall album and sees the Prime Minister of the Dancehall, Yellowman, at his best. He couldn't do wrong in those days, and he effortlessly rides the Junjo Lawes' riddims with style, humour and plenty originality. Check out how he and Fathead tackle Olivia Newton John's hitsingle 'Physical'. One of the other top deejays of that time, Eek A Mouse, is also present here with two excellent tunes. The three bonus tracks at the end of the disc feature a wild performance by Toyan, Ringo with a "special request to the man called Nicodemus inna New York city", and a very young Beenie Man who toasts over the 'Three Blind Mice' riddim.

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