Various artists album review
Morgan Heritage Family & Friends Vol. 2
Heartbeat Europe-Munich
14 - 11 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Morgan Heritage - Buss Up Barriers
  2. Capleton - Mass Media
  3. Jah Cure - My People Calling
  4. Buju Banton - Negus Negast
  5. L.M.S. - Build And Destroy
  6. Jah Mason - The Truth
  7. Prince Theo - Giving You All
  8. Military Man - Dis Mi Want Yu Know
  9. Denroy Morgan / Morgan Heritage - Harvest Is Plenty
  10. Toots And The Maytals - Lost Your Character
  11. Anthony B - Straight Can't Lean
  12. Ras Witta - Jambo
  13. Moses I - Earth Red
  14. Don Marshall - Time Longer Than Rope
  15. Edi Fitzroy - Think Dem Slick
  16. Adigun - Put Di Food Pon Di Table
  17. Various - New Jerusalem Medley
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Morgan Heritage Family And Friends Vol. 2" is the much anticipated follow-up to the highly acclaimed first "one riddim" set from earlier in the year. Sixteen pieces to Morgan Heritage's new roots classic "Buss Up Barriers" plus the great "New Jerusalem Medley" are the 17 staggering tracks featured on this wicked compilation set. The production team, consisting of Morgan Heritage and father Denroy Morgan, have fully succeeded in maintaining the same high quality standard of its predecessor, so the conclusion is fully justified that this delivery matches "Morgan Heritage Family And Friends Vol. 1". Morgan Heritage sets the pace with their great "Buss Up Barriers", but it is Jah Cure's cut to the riddim that truly stands out. This young artist always delivers an excellent piece of work on these type of slow moody roots riddims and his "My People Calling" is no exception to it. Before Jah Cure shines, it is Capleton, "The Great Thunderball a.k.a. The Prophet", who snarls out his message in "Mass Media". Buju Banton's contribution is an outstanding effort and also Morgan's offshoot L.M.S. and Bobo chanter Jah Mason come up with fine versions to the riddim. Furthermore Anthony B's "Straight Can't Lean" and Toots and The Maytals' "Lost Your Character" are well worth pointing out, with vet Toots Hibbert once angain delivering a noteworthy effort across a contemporary roots riddim. Another reggae vet represented on this compilation set is Edi Fitzroy. He is a cultural singer par excellence, who particularly excels when he gets the opportunity to sing his lyrics over a slow roots riddim. "Thick Dem Slick" is a decent conscious tune delivered in Fitzroy's immediately recognizable singing style. Truly great "one riddim" rootical set, which leaves out only one thing : the dub version !!

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