Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date
  Various artists album review
The Bunny 'Striker' Lee Story
Various
Charm-Jet Star
4 CD
March 11, 2005


Tracking list


Disc One :

  1. Every Knee Shall Bow - Johnny Clarke
  2. Every Knee Shall Bow - U Roy
  3. Mood For Love - Lascells Perkins
  4. The Gorgan - Cornell Campbell
  5. Gorgon Wise - U Roy
  6. Rock With Me Baby - Johnny Clarke
  7. Rock With I - U Roy
  8. Ride On Girl - Johnny Clarke
  9. Phensic - Tappa Zukie
  10. Stars - Cornell Campbell
  11. Roots Of Dub - King Tubby
  12. Everybody Needs Love - Slim Smith
  13. 1000 Tones Of Mega - Roland Alphonso
  14. How Long - Pat Kelly
  15. Payton Place - Roland Alphonso
  16. Music Fell - Roy Shirley
  17. When I Was A Little Girl - TT Ross
  18. Sad Mood - Ken Parker
  19. Mule Train - Count Prince Miller
  20. Horse And Buggy - Dennis Alcapone
  21. Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks - Linval Thompson
  22. Joyful Locks - U Roy
  23. Cow Town Skank - I Roy
  24. Cow Town Int. - Augustus Pablo
  25. Rough Rider - Derrick Morgan
  26. Rough Rider Dub - Augustus Pablo

Disc Two :

  1. The Russians Are Coming - Val Bennett
  2. Great Musical Battle- Derrick Morgan
  3. Bangarang - Lester Sterling / Lloyd Charmer / Stranger Cole
  4. Bangarang Version - U Roy & Glen Adam
  5. Better Must Come - Delroy Wilson
  6. It Must Come - Dennis Al Capone
  7. Creation Rebel - Johnny Clarke
  8. Creation Rebel Version - U Roy
  9. Just A Dream - Slim Smith
  10. Dearest Darling - Cornell Campbell
  11. East 2 West (Just A Dream) - Dennis Alcapone
  12. Wet Dream - Max Romeo
  13. Wet Dream (Version) - U Roy
  14. Wet Dreams Inst. - Glen Adams
  15. Will You Still Love Me - Slim Smith
  16. Stick By Me - John Holt
  17. King Of The Track - Dennis Al Capone
  18. Ain't 2 Proud To Beg - Slim Smith
  19. 2 Proud To Beg Version - U Roy
  20. Satta Massagana - Ken Boothe
  21. Satta Massagana Version - I Roy
  22. Sentimental Man - Ernest Wilson
  23. The Jeff Barnes Thing - Jeff Barnes
  24. Oh Mama - Nora Deal
  25. The Sting - Augustus Pablo

Disc Three :

  1. Help Me Make It Through The Night - Ken Boothe
  2. Train Is Coming - Ken Boothe
  3. Move Outa Babylon - Johnny Clarke
  4. None Shall Escape - Johnny Clarke
  5. Natty Bongo - Owen Gray
  6. Till I'm Gone - John Holt
  7. Shame And Pride - Leroy Smart
  8. Fancy Make Up - Dennis Brown & John Holt
  9. I'm Still Waiting - Jackie Edwards
  10. I Do Love You - Jackie Edwards
  11. Let Me Go Girl - Slim Smith & The Uniques
  12. I'll Let You Go Boy - Dawn Penn
  13. Reggae Hit The Town - The Ethiopians
  14. Investigator - Cornell Campbell
  15. Love Me Forever - Johnny Clarke
  16. Julie On My Mind Jackie Edwards
  17. I Do - Derrick Morgan & Hortence Ellis
  18. I'll Never Let You Go - Cornell Campbell
  19. Queen Majesty - Pat Kelly
  20. In Paradise - Jackie Edwards & Judy Mowatt
  21. No Man Is An Island - Johnny Clarke
  22. I've Got Love - Alton Ellis
  23. Who Told You So - Jackie Edwards
  24. Mr Chatterbox - Bob Marley & The Wailers
  25. You're My Desire - Rita Marley & The Sollettos

Disc Four :

  1. Mighty Organ - Lascelles Perkins & Hortense
  2. Pledging My Love - Lascelles Perking
  3. People Get Ready - Slim Smith & The Uniques
  4. The Prodigal Returns - Errol Dunkley
  5. Lovers Rock Medley Part 1 - Sugar Minott
  6. Lovers Rock Medley Part 2 - Tyron Evans & The Paragons
  7. The Duke Of Earl - Cornel Campbell
  8. The Duke - I Roy
  9. The Duke Of Dub - Tommy Mc Cook & The Aggravators
  10. Ali Baba - Jackie Edwards
  11. I've Been Admiring You - John Holt
  12. Blessed Are The Meek - Slim Smith & The Uniques
  13. Seven Letters - Derrick Morgan
  14. Reggae Time - Donald Lee
  15. Just Say Who - Horace Andy
  16. Black Harmony Killer - Jah Stitch
  17. Skylarking - Horace Andy
  18. My Confession - Cornell Campbell
  19. My Conversation - Slim Smith & The Uniques
  20. My Conversation Inst. - Lenox Brown
  21. If It Don't Work Out - Pat Kelly
  22. You're My Angel - Horace Andy
  23. Little Boy Blue - Pat Kelly
  24. Jah Jah Bless The Dread - The Mighty Diamonds
  25. Last Flight To Reggae City - Tommy Mc Cook & Stranger Cole
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2


This is a very reasonable effort to capture the variety of Bunny Lee's work, covering a significant amount of material, from bluebeat to ska and on to revive and Rockers.

Most of the album is made up of fairly easily available, but intense material nonetheless--tunes such as the sublime "Blessed Are The Meek" by Slim Smith, Pat Kelly's "Queen Majesty" and The Mighty Diamonds' "Jah Bless The Dreadlocks" are high points.

There are a few fairly obscure tracks here amongst the sometimes over familiar tunes : Ken Booth's version of "Train Is Coming" is thunderous, confident militancy, equalling Big Youth and Barrington Spence's inspired cuts of the tune.

"Natty Bongo" by Owen Gray is a pounding revive/Rockers tune and not easily available elsewhere. John Holt's "Till I'm Gone" is a curiosity, featuring as it does a hammering, spacious steppers beat but with anachronistic lover's lyrics.

The only reservation with this album is the pointless inclusion yet again of tunes like "Better Must Come", "Ali Baba" and "Satta", tunes which have appeared on countless compilations before this one. One has to wonder, what could possibly be the point of including them yet again?

So, overall it's a fine, yet not totally remarkable album -- It is a shame Jet Star couldn't have dug up some rarities and discomixes for inclusion here, which would have made this an indispensible purchase.

As it is, it makes a very good purchase for a buyer looking for an introduction to the varied work of this great producer.

Professor Barnabas