Although Aswad gained fame and fortune in the late 80s after the success of "Don't Turn Around", many people are unaware that they had been around for fifteen years before that. As a young roots band, they forged a huge reputation as accomplished musicians giving a hitherto Jamaican music a hard, British edge. "Showcase" marks the first and possibly only time Aswad's electrifying live abilities translated faithfully to the studio. It is a collection of independently released singles put out between 1978 and 1980, after their initial contract with Island ran out. This period represents a time in the band's history when strong songs were forged through constant touring. There is not a weak track here, from the beautiful re-working of "Back to Africa" to the social comment of "Three Babylon", an account of police brutality against young West Indians at the time. Each song was a smash in the reggae sales charts, with "Warrior Charge" being the most successful. The song was to feature in the 1980 movie "Babylon", which also starred Brinsley Forde, Aswad's lead singer and former child actor.
The album, when heard today, sounds a mile away from today's jerking electronic reggae sound, but it was recorded when an ability to play your instrument combined with strong songwriting made for good music. Add to that the superb production skills and you have Aswad's finest moment on vinyl.