Various artists album review
Don Mais Presents... Roots Tradition From The Vineyard
Majestic Reggae/Munich Records
28 - 08 - 1997

Tracking list

  1. Philip Frazer - Come on over
  2. Peter & Lucky - Housing scheme
  3. Toyan & Errol Scorcher - Natty roots
  4. Natty twelve tribe dub
  5. Philip Frazer & Toyan - Only Jah Jah know
  6. Sammy Dread - Sweetest thing
  7. Peter & Lucky - Vineyard
  8. Planter dub
  9. Rod Taylor - True history
  10. Toyan - Black people
  11. Peter Ranking - See a man face
  12. Little John - Robe
  13. Toyan - Gun fever
  14. Jah Bible - When I fall in love
  15. Soul Syndicate - Jah Jah knowledge
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

In the late '70s international attention mainly focussed on the great Bob Marley and succesful hitmaking studios like Channel One and Joe Gibbs. However, that was by no means the whole story: independent producers like Jah Thomas, Linval Thompson, Henry "Junjo" Lawes and Ossie Thomas were laying the foundations of what would soon become known as "dancehall" music. Among those aforementioned producers was also Errol "Don" Mais a.k.a. Jah Bible. This excellent compilation collects tunes he produced for his own "Roots Tradition" label, never before issued on CD. All tracks were recorded between 1977-1980, with riddims laid down by Soul Syndicate and Roots Radics. Every track is a winner, not a bad one to be found. Compliments go out to the compiler of this album as the vocal version gets a toast or a dub follow-up or sometimes even both, something interesting and highly enjoyable too.

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