Various artists album review
Trojan Roots Box Set ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set
27 - 03 - 1999

Tracking list

    Disc 1
  1. The Heptones - Cool Rasta
  2. The Sons Of Selassie - I A Man Africa
  3. The Viceroys - Rise In The Strength Of Jah
  4. Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus - Rise Jah Jah Children
  5. Prince Far I - I And I Are The Chosen One
  6. The Shadows - Brother Noah
  7. The Mighty Diamonds - Jah Jah Bless The Dreadlocks
  8. Sugar Minott - Africa Is The Black Man's Home
  9. Johnny Clarke - None Shall Escape The Judgement
  10. Carlton Jackson - History
  11. Johnny Osbourne - Purify Your Heart
  12. Cornell Campbell - Jah Jah Me No Born Yah
  13. Heaven Sisters - Rasta Dreadlocks
  14. Sylford Walker - Burn Babylon
  15. Horace Andy - Psalm 68
  16. Silvertones - Rejoice Jah Jah Children
  17. Big Youth - Dread Is Best
   Disc 2
  1. Prince Far I - Under Heavy Manners
  2. Peter Tosh - Arise Black Man
  3. The Abyssinians - Yim Mas Gan
  4. The Heptones - Babylon Falling
  5. The Ethiopians - Hail Brother Rasta Hail
  6. Johnny Clarke - Enter Into His Gates With Praise
  7. The Jay Boys - African People
  8. Lee Perry - City Too Hot
  9. Dennis Brown - Africa
  10. George Boswell - Jah Fire
  11. Big Youth - Dread In Babylon
  12. Mighty Diamonds - Talk About It
  13. Sugar Minott - Free Jah Jah Children
  14. Neville Grant - Blackmans Time
  15. Ashanti Waugh - Babylon Wrong
  16. Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus - Keep Cool Babylon
    Disc 3
  1. Velvet Shadows - Babylon A Fall Down
  2. Sugar Minott - Never Gonna Give Jah Up
  3. Johnny Osbourne - Nyah Man
  4. Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus - Unity
  5. Johnny Clarke - Moving On To Zion
  6. Silvertones - African Dub
  7. Max Romeo - The Coming Of Jah
  8. Mr. Bojangles - Ten Dread Commandments
  9. Truth Fact & Correct - Babylon Deh Pon Fire
  10. Mighty Diamonds - Ghetto Living
  11. Delroy Wilson - Adisababa
  12. Anthony "Sangle" Davis & Lee Perry - Words
  13. The Ethiopians - Condition Bad A Yard
  14. Lizzard - Milk And Honey
  15. Cornell Campbell - The Judgement Come
  16. The Heptones - Mistry Babylon
  17. Linval Thompson- I Love Marijuana
Rating : 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 !

Teacher & Mr. T.