Various artists album review
Roots Of Reggae Vol. 1
Music Club

Tracking list

  1. Bob Marley - Soul Shakedown Party
  2. Ken Boothe - Everything I Own
  3. Desmond Dekker - You Can Get It If You Really Want It
  4. Greyhound - Black And White
  5. Susan Cadogan - Hurt So Good
  6. Don Drummond - Man In The Street
  7. Mikey Dread - Barber Saloon
  8. Dennis Brown - Let Me Down Easy
  9. Lee Perry - I Am A Madman
  10. Desmond Dekker - Israelites
  11. John Holt - Help Me Make It Through The Night
  12. Toots & The Maytals - 54-46 Was My Number
  13. Bob Marley - Kaya
  14. Pioneers - Let Your Yeah Be Yeah
  15. Bob & Marcia - To Be Young Gifted And Black
  16. Linval Thompson - Rock Me In Dub
  17. Augustus Pablo - Java
  18. Prince Far I - What You Gonna Do On Judgement Day
Rating : 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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