Various artists album review
Just The Vibes 1976-1983
Mike Brooks And Friends
24 - 12 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Barry Brown - Get No Concentration
  2. Jah Lloyd - Honour Me
  3. Mike Brooks - Solid Ground
  4. Mike Brooks - Changes
  5. Errol Dunkley - Love Is A Wonderful Thing
  6. Don Carlos - Have A Nice Time
  7. Mike Brooks - Holy Jah Jah
  8. Jah Lloyd - Green Bay Massacre
  9. Mike Brooks - Money Is Not All
  10. Cornell Campbell - Brother Killing Brother
  11. Horace Grosset - Keep On Trying
  12. Mike Brooks - Sitting And Waiting
  13. Jah Lloyd - Natty Bid Good Bye
  14. Mike Brooks - Dry Bone
  15. Mike Brooks - Living My Culture
  16. Barry Brown - Bum Ball
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Just The Vibes" is a collection of roots tunes recorded between 1976 - 1983, focussing on artist/producer Mike Brooks. He never was a household name in reggae music, although he was quite prolific as a producer. Between 1974 and 1977 he worked with The Revolutionaries and he also produced the Mighty Diamonds' tune 'Shame And Pride'. He has worked with artists like Bim Sherman, Blacka Morwell, Pat Kelly, Gladdy Anderson and Bobby Melody. He only sang a handful of records in 30 years, and there's still a complete album remaining in the vaults. He is also the co-founder of the "Teem label with Jah Lloyd.
On 'Just The Vibes' you'll find classic hits like Don Carlos' Have A Nice Time (aka Late Night Blues), the popular Jah Lloyd tune Green Bay Massacre. Mike Brooks delivers solid roots tunes like Holy Jah Jah, Money Is Not All and Living My Culture, but there are also two rare Lee Perry/Black Ark versions,Changes and Solid Ground, the latter being a version of 'Party Time'. One of reggae's most militant roots singers, Barry Brown is featured here with two fine tunes (both produced by Fatman) -Get No Concentration and Bum Ball. Two other highlights on the album are Cornell Campbell's Brother Killing Brother and Horace Grosset's Keep On Trying. Producers on board include King Tubby, Jo Jo Hookim, Fatman, Lee Perry, Jackie Mittoo, Prince Jammy and Mike Brooks.
Featured artists and tunes make "Just The Vibes" a very enjoyable and fine roots 'n' culture compilation highlighting the classic works of roots singer and producer Mike Brooks.

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