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