Various artists album review
Roots Of Reggae Vol. 1
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 3/4||Sleeve : 4|
Subtitled "18 Ska & Reggae Hits" this fine compilation set collects classic hits as well as some more obscure material from way back with one thing in common: they all have stood the test of time ! This album captures a wide spectrum of sounds thus reflecting that there's no one reggae, which is probably the charm of Jamaican music as there's always something to suit someone's taste.|
Songs like Ken Boothe's monster Everything I Own, Greyhound's sentimental Black And White, Susan Cadogan's soul soaked Hurt So Good, Bob & Marcia's To Be Young Gifted And Black and John Holt's interpretation of Kris Kristofferson's Help Me Make It Through The Night will always be remembered by long-time reggae fans as well as those outside of the reggae audience, because that were the tunes that successfully stormed U.K.'s national chart in the seventies.
However, the compiler of this album has not only focused on those big commercial hits, but also included some lesser known tunes of renown artists and some of the best roots and hardcore reggae moments. Well worth mentioning are the contributions of Don Drummond (the trombonist who was one of Jamaica's finest "jazz" players), the many-sided but self-willed Mikey Dread, producer and singer Linval Thompson, Lee "I Am A Madman" Perry and "the voice of thunder" Prince Far I.
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