Records Of Love & Peace Vol. 1 & 2
Ministry Beat Records
Digital Release
April 22, 2016

Track list
  1. Gregory Isaacs - Maximum Respect
  2. Crucial Vibes - Control Yourself
  3. Lord Kitchener - Kitch's Bebop Of Calypso
  4. Prince Allah - Sun Is Shining
  5. Lord Kitchener - London Is The Place For Me
  6. Yellowman - Full Metal Jacket
  7. Young Tiger - I Was There (At The Coronation)
  8. The Heptones - Tickle Me
  9. Lord Beginner - Mix Up Matrimony
  10. Lord Kitchener - My Landlady
  11. Lord Beginner - Victory Test Match
  12. Carol Cool - Upside Down
  1. Susan - Only Heaven Can Wait
  2. Lord Invader - Aguiti
  3. Mighty Terror - No Carnival In Britain
  4. Lou Thomm - Green, Green, Grass Of Home
  5. Phillip Frazer - Have Faith In Rastafari
  6. Club Safari - Peace & Love & Happiness
  7. Lord Beginner - Jamaica Hurricane
  8. Lord Kitchener - Kitch In The Jungle
  9. Merger - Prisoner Of Love
  10. Lord Kitchener - The Underground Train
  11. Lord Kitchener - Birth Of Ghana
  12. Lee Perry - Roast Fish & Cornbread
Rating : 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.