Various artists album review
Ready When You Ready Two
Smugg Records
12 - 11 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Danny Vergo - Champion Sound
  2. Bob Skeng - Signs
  3. Alton Ellis - Lonely
  4. Gregory Isaacs - Warning
  5. Frankie Paul - Who Issue The Gun
  6. Don Carlos - Mr. Big Man
  7. Junior Gadaffi - The Posse
  8. Puddy Roots - Life In The Ghetto
  9. Don Angelo - Gorgon
  10. Tenor Saw - Soft Answer
  11. Barry Brown - Next Door Girl
  12. Danny Dread - Girl Ginal
  13. Trevior Junior - I & I Time
  14. Michael Palmer - Tonight
  15. Johnny Clarke - Loverman
  16. Horace Andy - When I Fall
  17. Junior Reid - What You Know
  18. Nitty Gritty - Used To Be My Lover
  19. Jackie Wilson - Six Street
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The follow-up to the fantastic double cd "Ready When You Ready", simply titled "Ready When You Ready Two", is here to treat the fans of vintage music to the next great collection of classic reggae cuts issued on UK based record label "Smugg Records". The concept is very much the same as we are treated to another varied mixture of roots tunes and lovers rock songs mainly from the late seventies and the eighties, including Frankie Paul's solid tune "Who Issue The Gun", and Jackie Wilson's huge hit from 1986 entitled "Six Street". Although the sleeve notes don't contain any info about recording/release dates, producers and musicians we guess that most of the tracks gathered here were produced by Stephen King from Uptempo Records, in collaboration with Sugar Minott. Long time reggae followers will instantly recognize classic tunes such as Gregory Isaacs' "Warning", Don Carlos' wonderful "Mr. Big Man, Tenor Saw's "Soft Answer" and Trevor Junior's great cultural piece entitled "I & I Time". But the most interesting and appealing part of these kind of vintage compilation sets are the lesser known, sometimes obscure tunes like Danny Vergo's awesome soundbwoy tune "Champion Sound", Alton Ellis' "Lonely", Junior Gadaffi's "The Posse", Puddy Roots' outstanding sufferer tune "Life In The Ghetto" and Bob Skeng's "Signs" across a version of The Melodian's "Come On Little Girl" riddim. Other tunes that make a solid impression are "Gorgon" by Don Angelo, Barry Brown's "Next Door Girl" and Junior Reid's "What You Know".

Teacher & Mr. T.