Various artists album review
November 29, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Aston Gayle - Wake Up Jah Jah Children
  2. Roy Dobson - Jah Children Rising
  3. John Brown - Dreadlocks Easy
  4. Psalms - In The Hills
  5. Upright Foundation - Wolf & Sheep Clothing
  6. Bogart - Black Casablanca
  7. Delano & Sheron Tucker - Gather Isrealites
  8. Bright Wynter - Words Of Fire
  9. Raphael Thompson - This Situation
  10. Black Crucial - Ginalship
  11. Al Joseph - Pretty Face
  12. Basil Thompson - Beautiful History
  13. Abdulkareem - Peace In The City
  14. Joh Giscombe - Children Of Israel
  15. The Mighty Abidjans - Untamed
  16. Vallin Miller - People No Want No War
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 5

The French label Makasound has released several interesting vintage reggae albums. It is a label which intends to issue and reissue roots reggae albums that are thorny, prickly, sharp, in short, real crackers! Their most recent release is called "Wanted". It's an amazing collection of 16 rare Jamaican singles released between 1973 and 1983 on obscure labels and interpreted by artists unknown not only to the general public but also to most reggae lovers. Most of these tunes were pressed only in a few dozens or a few hundreds of copies, therefore this is highly collectable stuff!
The album kicks off with a killer roots tune tune by Aston Gayle called Wake Up Jah Jah Children. Aston Gayle has recorded sporadically in the 70's. Roy Dobson cut some interesting sides for the Black Pearl label in the 70's, one of them being the song called Jah Children Rising. The "Easy Take It Easy" riddim is used by John Brown for his 1976 tune called Dreadlocks Easy. Upright Foundation delivers a fast paced roots tune called Wolf & Sheep Clothin'. The deejay Bogart must have been influenced by Big Youth, check out his tune Black Casablanca. One of the many highlights here is from the artist called Bright Wynter. His tune Words Of Fire is one of the most moving tunes we've heard in years. The Black Crucial song Ginalship was originally released on the J-Moose label. Great song! From the mid 70's comes the Basil Thompson tune Beautiful History, produced by C. Camaron for the Uhuru label. John Giscombe enjoyed considerable success with his tune called Children Of Israel, a tune on the Sun Lover label. The Mighty Abidjans recorded some nice 45s for the Jamaican label Swing Bird. One of these singles (self produced in 1978) is present here, the excellent song called Untamed, a song which reminds us of the early works of the Meditations. The album closes with the anti-war song People No Want No War, a song Vallin Miller recorded in 1978 for the Allegro label.
It seems that all songs here were dubbed straight from disc so it's obvious that the sound quality on most of the tracks is less than you might expect. But that should not worry you at all because the quality, both musically and lyrically, is definitely above par and we can only say : "A must have for all vintage roots fans..trust us!"

Teacher & Mr. T.