Friends Of Reggae ~ Hits After Hits
Moods International Music
July 26, 2006

Track list
  1. Alpha & Basil - Togetherness
  2. Revelation - With You Boy
  3. Paula Clarke - No Parking On The Dance Floor
  4. Joy Mack - Decision
  5. N. Elliott & N. Bailey - People Let Love Shine
  6. Desi-D - No Man Is An Island
  7. Jo Jo Bennett - Cantaloupe Rock
  8. I Roy - Sidewalk Killer
  9. Mahalia Saunders - Down The Aisle
  10. Robert Lyn - High Nation
  11. Paula Clarke - I May Never See My Baby Anymore
  12. Jah Fatta & The Black Brothers - Free Rasta Free
  13. Sister Spice - Stick By Me
  14. Joy Mack - You Hurt Me So
  15. Revelation - Jah Feelings
  16. Shark Wilson & The Basement Heaters - Make It Reggae (live Remix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 2
With exception of I Roy and Jo Jo Bennett no real well known reggae artists are featured on the track list of this "Friends Of Reggae" release. However this is certainly no minus because the quality of the music coming from producers like R. Sinclare of Rite Sound, Sid Buckner, Kenric Clarke, R. Redwood, Mooch and R. Clarke speaks for itself. Veteran producer Harry A. Mudie has compiled a very entertaining album which will surely please the fan of vintage music. "Friends Of Reggae" features a fine mixture of lovers tunes, roots pieces and instrumentals performed by male and female reggae artists. The album kicks off strong with the cultural piece "Togetherness" from the vocal duo Alpha & Basil, a tune which was released on 12" single by a Canadian label named 'More Sound Production'. "With You Boy" -- a very enjoyable lovers tune from the late 1970s/early 1980s with an appealing female vocal delivery -- from Revelation drops next. Not only has this track stood the test of time, but it also brings back sweet memories as Revelation -- together with the trio Brown Sugar, Donna Rhoden, Cassandra and Portia Morgan, to name a few -- helped to establish the UK lovers rock genre. However Revelation not only delivered lovers tunes as can be witnessed while listening to "Jah Feelings", their second track included here. Sung by a male singer, this is a solid UK style roots effort. Also Jah Fatta & The Black Brothers hail from the UK. Here they are represented by the Jah Shaka Steppers "Free Jah Free", a true UK roots gem. Other highlights are Joy Mack's "Decision", "People Let Love Shine" by N. Elliott & N. Bailey, I Roy's "Sidewalk Killer", Jo Jo Bennett's wicked instrumental piece "Cantaloupe Rock" and the 1985 released "No Parking On The Dance Floor" by Paula Clarke, which comes across the "Real Rock" riddim. The inclusion of many rare tunes from the 70s and 80s instead of relying on well known oldies makes this a worthwhile purchase and a welcome addition to any vintage collection.