Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date
  Various artists album review
Roots! Rockers! Reggae!
Various
Emporio
Four CD Box Set
08-11-1998


Tracking list

    Volume One.
  1. Errol Dunkley - O.K. Fred
  2. Desmond Dekker - Sing A Little Song
  3. Barry Biggs - Work All Day
  4. Boris Gardiner - Eighteen Yellow Roses
  5. In Crowd - Back A Yard
  6. The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad
  7. Max Romeo - Thank You Lord
  8. Doreen Schaffer - I Cried A Tear
  9. The Heptones - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
  10. Fil Callender - Island Music
  11. Barry Biggs - Three Ring Circus
  12. The Pioneers - Rock My Soul
  13. John Holt - Smiling Faces
  14. John Holt - I Want To Make Up With You
  15. Beres Hammond & Mikey Zapow - Sunshine People
  16. Boris Gardiner - Elizabethan Reggae
   Volume Two.
  1. Sophia George - Girlie Girlie
  2. Cynthia Schloss - Happy Anniversary
  3. Paula - Dynamic
  4. Barry Biggs - Wide Awake in A Dream
  5. Pluto Shervington - Dat
  6. Desmond Dekker - Busted Lad
  7. Dawn Penn - The First Cut Is The Deepest
  8. Winjama - Place In The Sun
  9. Marcia Griffiths - I Don't Need Your Love
  10. In Crowd - Slave Ship
  11. Gregory Isaacs - Uptown Sharon
  12. Delroy Wilson - When She Was My Girl
  13. Eric Donaldson - Land Of My Birth
  14. Bruce Ruffin - Mad About You
  15. Ken Boothe - You're No Good
  16. Johnny Clarke - No Woman, No Cry
   Volume Three.
  1. In Crowd - We Play Reggae
  2. Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby
  3. Boris Gardiner - You Are My Destiny
  4. Maxine Miller - Love Me For A Reason
  5. Winston Reedy - Rumours Of Love
  6. Charlie Chaplin - Come Back Charlie
  7. Pluto Shervington - Your Honour
  8. Cynthia Schloss - Send Me The Pillow
  9. The Pioneers - Candida
  10. Honey Boy - Sweet Cherrie
  11. Desmond Dekker - Everybody Join Hands
  12. Dennis Brown - Little Green Apples
  13. Sophia George - Maga Dawg
  14. John Holt - Stick By Me
  15. Rupie Edwards - Irie Feelings
  16. Pliers - I Wanna Be Your Man
   Volume Four.
  1. Barry Biggs - Sideshow
  2. Boris Gardiner - Take Care Of My Heart
  3. The Paragons - Pack Up Your Troubles
  4. Winston Groovy - Please Don't Make Me Cry
  5. The Pioneers - Long Shot Kick De Bucket
  6. Chaka Demus & Pliers - Gal Wine
  7. Sophia George - It Burn Mi Belly
  8. Pluto Shervington - Ramgoat Liver
  9. Bruce Ruffin - One Big Family
  10. Pat Kelly - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
  11. Johnny Clarke - She Wears My Ring
  12. Frankie Paul - Close To You
  13. Dennis Brown, Tristan Palmer & Beenie Man - Three Against War
  14. Barry Biggs - If You Wanna Make Love
  15. Justin Hinds & The Dominoes - If It Is Fire You Want
  16. Winston Francis - Blue Moon
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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


This 4 CD box gathers all styles of reggae music from the seventies up to the first half of the nineties. Whether it is roots reggae music, lovers rock, pop-oriented reggae or dancehall, it's all part of this varied compilation set. Some of the finest hit tunes delivered by well known artists from Jamaica and the U.K. are included here, but besides that lesser known songs and artists are represented as well. Amongst the tracks are some much sought after tunes like The Slickers' Johnny Too Bad, In Crowd's Back A Yard, Fil Callendar's Island Music and Sophia George's It Burn Mi Belly. Furthermore you'll also find some updated versions of songs done by the original artists themselves like e.g. Justin Hinds & The Dominoes' If It Is Fire You Want and The Pioneers' Long Shot Kick De Bucket. Not every tune is a winner and the sound quality is not all it could be on some tracks, but there's enough to enjoy which makes this a nice compilation box set after all.

Teacher & Mr. T.