Various artists album review
Reggae 1 ~ Cultural Riddims
19 - 10 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Israel Vibration - There Is No End
  2. U Roy - Everybody Bawling
  3. Lee Perry - Righteous Oily
  4. Burning Spear - Reggae Physician
  5. Culture - A Slice Of Mt. Zion
  6. Buju Banton & Ras Shiloh - Give I Strength
  7. The Ethiopians - Obeah Book
  8. Dennis Brown - My Time
  9. Freddie McGregor - The Overseer
  10. Gregory Isaacs - Pardon Me
  11. Morgan Heritage - Talkin' Bout War
  12. Luciano - Come On Over
  13. Don Carlos - Jah People Unite
  14. Black Uhuru - Brutal
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Reggae 1 ~ Cultural Riddims is a low budget sampler of the Dutch distribution company CRS (Continental Record Services) which distributes the releases of HeartBeat and Ras Records. This sampler contains 14 roots and culture tunes, drawn from the vaults of RAS and HeartBeat.
From the album 'Praises' comes one of the strongest Israel Vibration tunes There Is No End, followed by Daddy U Roy's Everbody Bawling, taken from the essential double cd 'Duke Reid's Treasure Chest' which captures the real beauty of Duke Reid's pioneering label. From the heydays of Lee Perry's Black Ark comes Righteous Oily. Two of the biggest names in roots and culture reggae, Burning Spear and Culture, are present here with two of their more recent tunes. Buju Banton teams up with Ras Shiloh in Give I Strength, a tune taken from the highly acclaimed Inna Heights album.
Dennis Brown's My Time was produced by Niney and remains one of the late singer's strongest songs. Also produced by Niney is Freddie McGregor's The Overseer. Check out more excellent vintage Freddie McGregor on HeartBeat's album 'Zion Chant'. Modern roots representatives Luciano and Morgan Heritage put out two strong tunes. The album closes with a militant tune by Black Uhuru (with Junior Reid as the frontman) called Brutal coming from the album of the same name.

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