Various artists album review
Roots Of Reggae Vol. 2
Music Club

Tracking list

  1. Daddy Livingston - A Message To You Rudy
  2. Ethiopians - Train To Skaville
  3. Desmond Dekker - 007 (Shanty Town)
  4. Phyllis Dillon - Perfidia
  5. Harry J. All Stars - The Liquidator
  6. The Pioneers - Long Shot Kick De Bucket
  7. Roland Alphonso - Phoenix City
  8. Upsetters - Return Of Django
  9. Skatalites - Confusion
  10. Dave & Ansel Collins - Double Barrel
  11. Bob Marley - Trenchtown Rock
  12. The Maytals - Pressure Drop
  13. Augustus Pablo - East Of The River Nile
  14. Symarip - Skinhead Moonstomp
  15. Gregory Isaacs - All I Have Is Love
  16. Inner Circle - I Shot The Sherriff
  17. Big Youth - Hit The Road Jack
  18. Heptones - Book Of Rules
  19. Barrington Levy - Shine Eye Gal
  20. Niney The Observer - Blood And Fire
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Part two in the series "Roots Of Reggae" is a fine compilation set of golden oldies, some of them still in demand today. This album captures the sounds that put Jamaica on the musical map. Ska, rocksteady, early reggae and roots reggae - the main dominating genres from the sixties to early eighties - are represented on this compilation 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 The Ethiopians' anthem Train To Skaville, Desmond Dekker's everlasting rude boy story and huge hit 007 (Shanty Town), Big Youth's wild version of Ray Charles' Hit The Road Jack, Niney's apocalyptical Blood And Fire and the late great saxofonist Roland Alphonso's Phoenix City are perfect examples of the broad spectrum of Jamaican sounds that provided many music lovers a good time for more than three decades !

Teacher & Mr. T.