Records Of Love & Peace Vol. 1 & 2
Ministry Beat Records
April 22, 2016
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 3||Backing : 3||Production : 3||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 1|
The last years we've seen an increase in 'digital releases', buy your music on the internet as mp3, flac or even WAV file. Vinyl sales have continued to rise, while the sales of compact discs keep on falling. For some time now the reggae market is being flooded by digital albums from unknown companies such as Ministry Beat Records. One might welcome this development, but if you check out the albums from most of these recprd labels you will be shocked!
We've examined two albums, "Records Of Love And Peace Vol. 1 & 2". To begin with the sleeve, I guess my 5 year old daughter could come up with a better design, even for a web release. The title is totally irrelevant, no link with the tunes on the album. Check the tunes. To be honest, we spotted some nice classic '70s tunes: Lee Perry's "Roast Fish & Cornbread", Phillip Frazer's "Have Faith In Rastafari" and Prince Allah's "Sun Is Shining". This selection of roots tunes are mixed with horrible tunes like Lou Thomm's "Green, Green, Grass Of Home", Susan with "Only Heaven Can Wait" and Carol Cool's "Upside Down". Skip, skip, skip!
What else have we got? Some 10 Calypso tunes by Lord Beginner and Lord Kitchener, tunes recorded in the '40s and '50s, nice if you're into calypso but totally misplaced on these albums. The Heptones perform an unknown tune and Gregory does his minor (digital) hit tune "Maximum Respect". Yellowman is present here with "Full Metal Jacket", a below average tune.
We don't know who compiled these sets. Must be someone who is totally ignorant of reggae music and has no love & respect for the artists and the buyers. It seems they have grabbed some tunes here and there and called it an album... what a waste of time, energy and money. 100% Ignorable.