Various artists album review
Hidden Treasures Volume 2
Easy Star Records-Walboomers Music
11 - 11 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Natty Dread Time - Jr. Roots
  2. Save The Children - Sugar Minott/Musical Youth
  3. Gretel - Ranking Toyan
  4. Your Love - Michael Palmer
  5. Rope In Rasta - Johnny Osbourne
  6. Send I And I Home - Junior Delgado
  7. 51 Storm - Captain Sinbad/Little John
  8. Progress - Barry Brown
  9. Lots of Sign (Remix)- Tenor Saw
  10. Every Tongue - Horace Andy
  11. Humble Yourself - Cassyman
  12. Penny For My Song - Sugar Minott
  13. Because Of Money - Sammy Dread
  14. School Days - Triston Palma
  15. Run to Babylon - Captain Sinbad
  16. Still Trying - Alton Ellis
  17. Hold Tight - Tony Tuff
  18. War Race - Branches
  19. Africa Dub (Remix) - Sly Dunbar
  20. Father Lead Us - African Brothers
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Last year the New York based label Easy Star Records released the first volume of Hidden Treasures, a splendid collection of Sugar Minott's Black Roots record label productions from the past. Now the company comes up with another set of 20 vintage gems produced by the dancehall master, Lincoln 'Granulated' Sugar Minott.
What makes this (and the previous) release far more interesting than other compilations is the fact that they have included no less than 10 previously unreleased tracks. Don't consider these unreleased tracks as inferior left-overs, but as high-quality tunes drawn from Sugar's extensive vaults. Listen to Alton Ellis' lovers tune Still Trying and War Race by Branches and you know what we mean ! The first set was well received by the reggae massive and this set looks like proving just as popular.
This volume showcases such killer tunes as the Junior Roots 1981 boom tune, Natty Dread Time and Progress by rootsman Barry Brown. Sugar Minott is known for his amazing ability to create new melodies across classic (mostly) Studio One riddims. Here you'll find two versions of his own hit 'River Jordan' (itself being a reworking of Alton Ellis 'I'm Just A Guy'): the combination Captian Sinbad & Little John (at the tender age of 9 !) with 51 Storm and Cassyman's Humble Yourself. Some seriously sought after tunes like the remix of Tenor Saw's dancehall classic Lots Of Sign, the criminally underrated Sammy Dread with Because Of Money and the 1970 African Brothers tune Father Lead Us are featured here as well. Sugar Minott's Penny For My Song can also be found on his album 'African Girl', one of Sugar's early eighties albums.
Probably one of the best Black Roots compilations ever, this set is a testament to the durability and strength of Sugar Minott's productions...another superb item from the Easy Star crew !

Teacher & Mr. T.