Various artists album review
Trojan RAS Reggae Box Set ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set
April 10 - 2004

Tracking list

    Disc 1 - Reggae Party
  1. Subterranean Homesick Blues - Sizzla
  2. Night Nurse - Dennis Brown
  3. Ring The Alarm - Tenor Saw
  4. Great Train Robbery - Black Uhuru
  5. Child Abuse - Little Kirk
  6. Don't Be Cruel - Chaka Demus & Pliers
  7. Putting Up Resistance - Beres Hammond
  8. What Those Guys Are For - Beenie Man
  9. Push Come To Shove - Freddie McGregor
  10. Seven Days A Week - Don Carlos
  11. Cool And Calm - Israel Vibration
  12. How Much - Sizzla
  13. Sorry - Foxy Brown
  14. Gold Spoon - Buju Banton
  15. Children Of The World ? Yvad
  16. Reggae Party - The Morwells
  17. War - Yellowman
   Disc 2 - Irie Feelings
  1. Lick Shot - Eek A Mouse
  2. Dog Bite - The Wailing Souls
  3. Sugar Daddy - Michigan & Smiley
  4. Hot We Hot - The Roots Radics
  5. Gun In A Baggy - Little Lenny
  6. In A Dis Ya Time - The Itals
  7. Ruffian - Charlie Chaplin
  8. Baltimore Dub ? Scientist
  9. Ain't Nobody Move Me - Sugar Minott
  10. Place Mash Up - Sanchez
  11. Gone Bad - The Mighty Diamonds
  12. Rocking Dolly - Cocoa Tea
  13. Activate Me - J.C. Lodge
  14. Capo Dub - Carlton & Family Man Barrett
  15. Irie Feelings - The Melodians
  16. Rumbaskankin' - Bayanga
    Disc 3 - Moving Up
  1. Peaceful Warrior - Sly & Robbie with The Mad Professor
  2. Clean Heart - Anthony B
  3. Space And Time - The Mystic Revealers
  4. Rastafari Chant Nyahbingi - Peter Broggs
  5. King's Highway - The Rastafari Elders
  6. Afrika - Ras Pidow
  7. One Stone - Culture
  8. Another Moses - Apple Gabriel
  9. Moving Up - Luciano
  10. Check It - Mutabaruka
  11. Tenement Yard - Jacob Miller
  12. Watch Over Me - Prince Malachi
  13. Stand Up - Chalice
  14. Armagiddeon Style - Brigadier Jerry
  15. Slave Driver - Gregory Isaacs
  16. Rock Of Gibralter - The Congos
  17. Loyal Soul Jah - Tony Rebel
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4

Real Authentic Sound, internationally known as RAS Records has over 25 years of experience in the Reggae business with over 300 releases, bringing the first releases by Sizzla, Luciano, the Mystic Revealers, Brigadier Jerry and Tiger. RAS Records has always been devoted to bringing world listeners the best in positive reggae music. RAS has accomplished this mission with licensing deals all around the world, including Korea, Nigeria, Japan, Holland, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Israel and even the Fiji Islands. RAS has always been a worldwide distributor for many reggae labels, and since its existence has always been a reputable and respected source for reggae music.
RAS Records was started in 1979 through the mind of Doctor Dread. During his many trips to Jamaica, Doctor Dread began to build a solid relationship with the people and artists of Jamaica. There, he developed a devotion to spread the message of Rastafari and to share the rich Jamaican culture with music lovers worldwide. These experiences helped establish RAS as one of the early torch bearers of reggae. Quickly outgrowing the basement of his home where RAS began, Doctor Dread's vision grew by leaps and bounds to become the prominent distributor of reggae in America. In the early 80s, the RAS label made significant developments in reggae by signing such acts as Black Uhuru, Don Carlos, Inner Circle, Culture, Junior Reid, Yellowman, J.C. Lodge and Freddie McGregor. In 1988, RAS became the force that reunited Israel Vibration, who, to this day, are a major force in reggae music. Sponsoring tours of RAS artists across America in the early 80s, RAS helped to establish a strong and positive bond between Jamaica and the USA.
RAS has always been interested in exploring the positive aspects of the music and culture of Jamaica. Recordings such as the Rastafari Elders (wherein the true message of Rastafari is revealed through oration and chanting), to the two Dean Plays Bob interpretations of reggae great Bob Marley's works, to the critically acclaimed best sellers that put children's reggae on the map, Reggae For Kids and More Reggae For Kids, to Reggae From Around the World showing reggae's international influence, and the Bob Marley Interview disc, So Much Things to Say, RAS has shown a diversity and an innovation in reggae which is totally unique. In these times where dancehall has dominated the reggae scene, RAS has come forth with positive proponents of dancehall styles in the likes of Luciano, Sizzla, Tiger and Tony Rebel. Never one to be a follower, RAS has always looked to new ways to bring the music to more people and to expand the music's boundaries. The label has been nominated for numerous Grammy awards over the years, and in 1996, were the proud recipient of the award for Bunny Wailer's 1996 tribute, Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary.
Nowadays RAS is part of the Sanctuary Records Group, a company that also ownes the huge Trojan archives. The impressive Trojan Box Set series continues with the release of the RAS Reggae Box set, highlighting recordings by some of the biggest names in Jamaican music from the past 20 years. Aside from a raft of major Reggae and Dancehall hits- also featured are new sides from Sizzla- Yellowman- Eek A Mouse and Sly & Robbie that see issue for the very first time.
A solid box set, but no surprises here, except for the aforementioned new sides.

Teacher & Mr. T.