Various artists album review
Trojan Roots Box Set ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set
27 - 03 - 1999
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3/4|
Trojan Records continues to release "limited edition" triple cd box sets, which happen to be nicely packaged selections coming out of their extensive vaults. This compilation set focuses on "roots reggae" tunes primarily recorded and released in the seventies, a period widely acknowledged as the golden age of "Roots" music due to the fact that the style of music produced in Jamaica in the second half of the seventies was clearly dominated by roots reggae. Although the term "roots reggae" has no precise definition and doesn't refer to a particular genre (records with "roots themes" can also be found during and since the days of Ska), we can take the essence as a guideline. Roots reggae largely deals with "truths and rights" and "the teachings of the Rastafarian faith".|
A broad spectrum of performers who incorporated songs of a cultural and religious nature into their repertoire can be found on this solid triple cd box set. Besides well known gems like (to name a few) The Heptones' "Cool Rasta", Johnny Clarke's "None Shall Escape The Judgement", The Abyssinians' "Yim Mas Gan", Peter Tosh's "Arise Black Man" and The Mighty Diamonds "Ghetto Living" you'll also find lesser known but nevertheless excellent efforts like the Silvertones' "Rejoice Jah Jah Children", George Boswell's "Jah Fire" and "Words" from Anthony "Sangle" Davis & Lee Perry.
A very economical way to purchase some essential and lovely music from way back !