Various artists album review
The Inspirational Sounds Of Mad Professor
10 - 10 - 1999
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 5|
'The Inspirational Sounds Of Mad Professor' is a collection compiled by Zion Train for Universal Egg. It's described as a comprehensive guide to the works of dub reggae legend Mad Professor, the creative force behind Ariwa Records, dub mixer for Massive Attack, Lee Perry, Ruts DC and many others. |
Mad Professor (real name Neil Fraser) comes from Guyana. Based in London he records, mixes and produces under the alias of Mad Professor for his own Ariwa Sounds label. Throughout the years he has proven to be equally at home with sweet U.K. lovers rock, roots & culture and raw dub. Especially his dub outings did make him earn the name of Mad Professor. Next to his own label activities he's an in demand mixing engineer which strongly involved him in a variety of other musical genres like drum & bass or trip-hop.
This compilation is really interesting, not only for the quality of the music found here, but because it also includes 5 rare tracks. It features 4 original 12" versions, and one tune previously unreleased on cd. The cd contains a lot of excellent dub tunes and some vocal tracks. True Born African (12" version) features both U Roy and Sister Audrey and is the reworking of Sister Audrey's original Ariwa classic. Ewart Beckfort aka U Roy spearheaded a musical revolution in the seventies, which forever changed the sound and style of reggae music. It was producer Duke Reid of "Treasure Isle" fame who issued "Wake The Town" the debut single of this deejay pioneer. It caused a real sensation in Jamaica and its two immediate follow-ups proved just as popular. In the mid-seventies U Roy achieved international recognition and appreciation with a number of albums released by Virgin Records. In the begining of the 90's Mad Professor relaunched U Roys' career with the release of the album True Born African.
In the first half of the seventies Earl Sixteen (real name Earl Daley) made his entrance in music business after winning some local talent shows. His debut album "Singing Star" was produced by Earl Morgan of the Heptones. Earl Sixteen recorded a collection of notable material with producers Lee Perry, Mikey Dread, Augustus Pablo, Linval Thompson, Coxsone Dodd and others. Since 1988 he has voiced for a growing number of UK producers. Mad Professor released Earl 16's album 'Babylon Walls' in 1991. Featured here is the tune Children Rise, a reworking of the Channel One classic.
British deejay innovator Macka B has a long-standing musical and successful relationship with Mad Professor which has resulted in the release of over a dozen albums. Macka B is a conscious deejay whose style can be described as "dancehall with plenty of one-drop grooves". Tackling contemporay subject matters, a strong sense of humor and an upful vibe is typical for his work from the earliest. Present on this compilation is the title track of his 1987 album We've Had Enough.
Great stuff !!
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