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Virgin Front Line: Sounds Of Reality [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B00LGYR3MW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Right TimeThe Mighty Diamonds 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Declaration Of RightsJohnny Clarke 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. The Great PsalmsU-Roy 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. CivilisationKeith Hudson 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Know Yourself MankindThe Gladiators 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. AfricaThe Mighty Diamonds 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Runaway GirlU-Roy 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Killer DubThe Revolutionaries 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Have MercyThe Mighty Diamonds 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Musical Shark AttackI-Roy 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Thank You BabyKeith Hudson 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I Wish It Could Go On ForeverJohnny Clarke 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Shame And PrideThe Mighty Diamonds 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Chatty Chatty MouthThe Gladiators 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Roots, Natty Roots, Natty CongoJohnny Clarke 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Give All The Praise To JahDelroy Washington 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. It Dread Inna Inglan (For George Lindo)Poet and The Roots 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Planet Called Earth (Extended Version)The Mighty Diamonds 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Jah WorksThe Gladiators 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Natty Dread Upon A Mountain TopU Brown 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Love You SoThe Twinkle Brothers 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Mr BassieSly Dunbar 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sister BellaPrince Hammer 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Make A TruceAlthea And Donna 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dread Beat An' BloodPoet and The Roots 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rub A Dub StyleRanking Trevor 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Holy Mount ZionCulture 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tribute To Steve BikoTapper Zukie 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Love We A Deal WithBig Youth 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Jordan RiverI-Roy 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. CocaineJah Lloyd 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Dreadlocks The Time Is NowThe Gladiators 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Free AfricaThe Twinkle Brothers 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. No More WarPrince Far I 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen20. Fire StickI-Roy 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Dis Ya SoundsJah Lloyd 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. She Want A Phensic (Dangerous Woman)Tapper Zukie 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. Mr MusicSly Dunbar 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 4000 YearsThe Mighty Diamonds 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fire In A Wire (Extended Version)I-Roy 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. JahoviahThe Twinkle Brothers 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Get ReadyThe Gladiators 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Got To Tell You GoodbyeU-Roy 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I TriedCulture 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. BornoPrince Far I 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. South African EnlistmentThe Abyssinians 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Oh LordTapper Zukie 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Rasta FiestaSly Dunbar 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Distant DrumsThe Twinkle Brothers 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Weather BalloonU Brown 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Holiday RideThe Gladiators 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Natty Never Get WearyCulture 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Hey YouThe Abyssinians 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Let's DanceGregory Isaacs 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Upful OneBig Youth 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Keep On TryingThe Twinkle Brothers 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Green Bay IncidentJah Lloyd 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. Africa (12" Mix)The Twinkle Brothers 7:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Slavery Let It GoDoctor Alimantado 7:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pocket Money (Discomix)The Gladiators 7:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Black Star Liner (Extended Version)U Brown 5:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Going To Negril (12'' Version)Althea And Donna 7:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hill And Gully (12" Mix)I-Roy 8:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bodyguard (Extended)The Mighty Diamonds 6:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. A Who Say (Extended Version)Sly Dunbar 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jah Kingdom Come (12" Mix)The Twinkle Brothers 6:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Chalice In The Palace / Wear You To The Ball (Live From The Lyceum,United Kingdom / 1976)U-Roy 7:20£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. Tune In (12" Mix)Gregory Isaacs 6:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Can't Study The Rastaman (Aka Babylon Can't Study)Culture 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Throw Away Your Gun (12" Mix)Prince Far I 8:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bone DubJah Lloyd 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Don't Want To Be Lonely Anymore (12" Mix)The Twinkle Brothers 7:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jah Loves (Alternate Version)The Abyssinians 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Selassie IDelroy Washington 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hip Hug (12" Mix)Vivian Weathers 7:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. It MekAlthea And Donna 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. All Wi Doin' Is Defendin (12" Mix)Poet and The Roots 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Need A Roof / Roof Top DubThe Mighty Diamonds 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mr. Brown (12" Mix)Gregory Isaacs 5:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Black RoseCulture 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Virgin RockKeith Hudson 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Front Line’s brief but glorious existence as the world’s greatest Roots Reggae label is celebrated with this deluxe box set, which across its 5 discs features many of Jamaica’s greatest talents, performing 92 of the most enduring Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock and DJ sounds of the seventies, with over 31 tracks new to CD, of which a third are previously unissued.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rasta Fiesta 13 Aug 2014
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In 2001, Virgin released the immensely satisfying four-cd boxset, simply called The Front Line with a fantastic attached booklet with features on all the acts. I guess Virgin have picked that most people won't have that, and they are probably right. But it is still a little disappointing that 20 of those tracks are replicated here on this otherwise outstanding compilation (I have included the 12" versions which tend to offer little extra, but not the dub versions which are often regarded as separate tracks). That's a little surprising as acts such as The Mighty Diamonds, Tapper Zukie and Gregory Isaacs have an extensive back catalogue, from their Front Line days alone.
Nevertheless, this is an excellent collection that will introduce many people to the likes of U Brown, Ranking Trevor, The Twinkle Brothers (not as twinkle toes as you might expect), Vivian Weathers, Delroy Washington and Jah Lloyd. It will also reveal that Althea and Donna recorded more great records beyond Uptown Top Ranking, and allows Sly Dunbar to play around on his own.
But ultimately it is the stars who make this effort more than worthwhile: Gregory Isaacs is untouchable, Culture are outstanding, Big Youth revolutionary and Tapper Zukie a demented rock.
it could have done with more Johnny Clarke and less Keith Hudson, and listening would have been more cohesive if the act's contributions were collated three at a time, as they were on The Front Line set, but with a big booklet including a preface by John Lydon, this is a magnificent addition to anyone just finding out what reggae has to offer or those with sizeable collections.
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It is rather wonderful that Universal/Virgin Records should produce a lovingly packaged 5-CD box-set with a hefty booklet with evocative pictures and label scans (and an introduction by John Lydon himself!) dedicated to a minority musical form [reggae] in an age of fast declining record sales. The tagline for this set is that it summarises the short-lived Front Line label started by Richard Branson's Virgin Records in 1978 and closed down two years later in 1980 (effectively bringing to a close the roots era of reggae). In fact the first music on this set comes from 1976 and includes tracks from The Mighty Diamonds seminal "Right Time" LP (produced by Joseph Hoo Kim at Channel One) and Johnny Clarke's similarly brilliant "Rockers Time Now" LP (produced by Bunny 'Striker' Lee). The 1st CD therefore chronologically covers 1976 and 1977, before the Front Line Label actually existed! No matter since it contains some brilliant music from the high summer of the roots era of reggae with an emphasis on vocalists and vocal groups rather than DJs. The only two duds on this CD emanate from the usually reliable Keith Hudson; from his legendarily awful "Too Expensive" LP (it really was!) and these two tracks should have been replaced with something else (more Johnny Clarke perhaps?).

CD2 is where Front Line proper starts largely covering 1978 and is reasonably strong but for the presence of [way] too many DJ tracks (how they thought this was a commercial proposition in the international market even in the late 70's I don't know and I'm speaking as someone who largely likes DJ stuff but this music isn't from the top drawer of roots based toasting and at an hour plus it really is too much with not enough vocal tracks to break things up).
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4.0 out of 5 stars SUCH GOOD MEMORIES. 16 Oct 2014
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I have been seeking out the original 'Front line' album for years as that compilation punctuated much of my life back in the late 1970's when I used to live in a squat down Latimer Road, in West London, and hung about down Ladbroke Grove and Portobello Road all the time. I had to get this as a download immediately when I found it on Amazon, as there is so much good stuff in this collection, including the tracks from the first album. Such nostalgia is well worth the money for me. I gather that the C.D box set has some sort of introduction by John Lydon. I encountered him once back in the late 70's, wasn't impressed by his negative, arrogantly assumptive, labelling of us people he didn't know and the other theatrically anti social, proclamations of disinformation being emitted from his gob, so I won't be too sad to miss him in print either. this is a great album of a really exciting bygone era that I can now enjoy in my 60s, even if my hopes and dreams never even came close to being realised. Do they ever ?

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This is a really tasty presentation complete informative book and other goodies. I like the CD covers being faithful reproductions of the original vinyl releases. Sound quality is generally first rate and in some cases exceptionally so. As an original collector of the label in its heyday, the tracks chosen here seem all too familiar to these ears but there is enough more lesser heard tracks to make the listening experience to be worthwhile as a whole. Like all large compilations, there are a few tracks which would have been better left out, but that is just a personal thing. I am happy that I purchased this release and pretty sure it should prove to be indispensable to 'new ears'.
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