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The Kingston, Jamaica born, Lincoln "Sugar" Barrington Minott is one of the great figures of Reggae music, and is fully justified to carry the status as the "Godfather of Dancehall".

In the early 1970's Sugar Minott went to Studio One Recording Studios.
By laying vocal tracks over the original tapes from the 60's, rather than using a live band, he caused a ... Read more in Amazon's Sugar Minott Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Mar. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Easy Star
  • ASIN: B00004TBX0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Man Hungry
2. The People Got To Know
3. Walking Through The Ghetto
4. Dreader Than Dread
5. So Many Things
6. Never Gonna Give Jah Up
7. Ghetto-ology
8. Africa Is The Black Man's Home
9. Strange Things
10. Free Jah Jah Children
11. Hungry Dub
12. The People Got To Dub
13. Walking Dub
14. Dreader Dub
15. So Many Things Dub
16. Never Gonna Give Dub Up
17. Ghetto-ology Dub
18. Africa Dub
19. Strange Dub
20. Free Jah Jah Dub

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. N. Nixon on 24 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
For all its lovers rock melodies this is an album of passionate songs with messages as strong as his peers - Tosh, Wailer etc. Sugar was badly overlooked as a roots pioneer but the release of this collection; original album plus dubs, is a much needed second chance to check out one of the better seventies reggae albums. Well worth a listen.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Archie Grimwald on 19 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Words cannot express how I feel about this album.For me the unique combination of joyful reggae rhythm combined with some intricate musicianship makes this one of the strongest albums of all time and not just in a reggae album chart.Truly a ghetto classic which at the time I did not really appreciate.This album is more than just roots reggae, perhaps it could almost be described as folk reggae.I purchased this on vinyl when Trojan first released it in the Uk in the vividly coloured Jamaican food stall cover around 1979.This version has (I believe)the original cover and it includes sublime dubs of the Studio One rhythms.Sugar's subtle vocals pour out a cathartic set expressing the true feeling of suffering endured by kids in the ghetto at the time (or so I have to imagine).You can almost sense a feeling of comfort that stems from the content of this album which I imagine was semi-biographical for Minott as he penned these sincere expressions of sufferation and starvation in the ghetto.Sugar Minott has never really aspired to the heights of Dennis Brown or Gregory Isaacs outside of Jamaica which is a real shame as proudly demonstrated by this album.Yes he went on to tear up the dance hall with some fantastic tunes but this subtle,gentle album was the benchmark set for many roots artists who never aspired to this level. This still sounds incredibly fresh now. If you want a genuine all time top ten reggae album candidate then this would struggle to fall below number 3 in my book. Reggae for the roots connoisseur.Essential!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A classic rediscovered 15 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This release brings to light one of sugar minott's greatest recordings, Ghetto-ology, which was one of his first productions after leaving Studio One in 1978. The music is mainly provided by the Soul Syndicate Band, best known for playing with Peter Tosh, and here they provide Sugar with highly original backing tracks, loaded with interesting touches like backwards guitar, different percussion instruments, etc. Sugar's voice sounds as good as ever, strong and supple. And Sugar's lyrics bring out life in the ghetto powerfully. This release is also benefitted by the inclusion of the even rarer complete dub version of the album, which was mixed by King Tubby and Prince Jammy. All in all a great release, and a must for anyone interested in roots reggae of the late '70s and early '80s.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Dubroom Review 9 Nov. 2001
By Messian Dread - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"I was so naive about being a star. I just wanted to play the music. When it hit, man... look here, this picture on the cover, in the boathouse, my girlfriend made me this shirt, Big Youth gave me his old guitar, and I don't remember where I got this hat from."
Ghetto-ology: living in the ghetto.
Ghetto-ology: Originally released in 1979, Sugar's first self-produced album.
Or albums, I should say. Because Ghetto-ology originally came in two versions, a vocal and a dub album. You can hear Sugar Minott, just after he left Studio One, and before he became to know as the godfather of Rub A Dub. Most tracks were layed down at the Channel One Studios by the then relatively new Soul Syndicate. The Dubs were mixed by Prince Jammy and the unknown Lancelot Mc Kenzie at King Tubby's. Also you'll hear Freddie Mc Gregor... on dums!
Ghetto--ology comes with a small booklet, unfortunatly not as descriptive as Blood & Fire always does, but it contains a little interview with Sugar Minott, conducted in 2000. Personally, I like every track on this album, especially the dubs. They all deal with conscious subjects and there's a good mix between militant steppers and one drops. Spiritually uplifting, definitly! Where you hear so many rich people say they do not believe in Jah because of all the suffering, it is the sufferer's themselves that cry unto JAH. The dubs all have a completely different musical atmosphere then their vocal counterparts. A suberb master piece of mixing, I must say.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Roots Re-Release 6 Aug. 2000
By Darryl Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Roots reggae collectors -- it's a classic! Positive message music.
Raw is not good, in this case 5 Aug. 2010
By bluejim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sugar was still finding his way at this point, as was Soul Syndicate, the backing band. Tubbs and Jammy make the mixes interesting but there's only so much they can do. FYI - the dubs are mastered from vinyl.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The birth of a legend 23 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is essential to any music collection. Sugar Minott's first self produced LP shows the love and dedication of someone bursting with talent. The music is classic Roots Radics and the dubs are haunting. Now that this release is finally on CD, get your copy today! And listen for the backwards guitar, they may not have had much money in 1979 Kingston, but they were not short of innovation.
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