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Sehorn's Soul Farm - 50 New Orleans Soul Classics
Sehorn's Soul Farm - 50 New Orleans Soul Classics
Price: £9.44

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome reissue, 8 April 2011
This very affordable double cd is a reissue of two well-respected but somewhat obscure compilations issued first on LP by UK oldies label Charly back in the early 1980s. The material spans about ten years from the mid sixties to the mid seventies. The common theme is that the producer was Allen Toussaint, one of the giants of New Orleans music, and also that the labels that they appeared on were owned by local entrepreneur Marshall Sehorn.

New Orleans soul is not hard to find on cheap reissue CDs but what makes this set worthwhile is that you won't find most of these tracks cropping up on less imaginative compilations, which tend to concentrate on people like Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville and Johnny Adams. These singers are great, don't get me wrong, but the greatest joy of soul oldies is to be found in the little guys that made two or three records and vanished afterward.

Overall, the standard of this set is pretty high, especially on the first disc.


Dancehall Techniques 1986-1991: Winston Riley Productions
Dancehall Techniques 1986-1991: Winston Riley Productions
Price: £14.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Techniques Means Quality, 7 July 2008
If Winston "Techniques" Riley had left the record business at the end of the seventies, he would still be a legend of reggae. But the digital age did not faze the producer and he adapted to the new sound and new ragga artists. Some of the tracks on this excellent cd are quite well known, like Boops and Hol a Fresh, but by and large the sounds are not those you hear every day. I also like the balance of singers and deejays which keeps it on the right side of frantic.


Queen Majesty
Queen Majesty

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, indeed, 26 Jun 2008
This review is from: Queen Majesty (Audio CD)
Reggae "Best of" compilations are often hampered by complicated publishing rights and consequently large chunks of the artist's career are not covered. Happily, Trojan have access to the bulk of The Techniques back catalogue so in this case "Best of" means exactly that. And what a catalogue it is. For sheer number of good tracks I can't believe Trojan ever topped this on a single-artist compilation.


Arise Rootsman: Jamaican Roots
Arise Rootsman: Jamaican Roots

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Proper Compilation, 20 Jun 2008
Trojan have churned out reggae compilations over the years and checking them all out is not always rewarding. Don't let this one slip under the radar, however, as it is really excellent. It follows roots and culture themes from the early sixties (before they were fashionable) to the early eighties (no longer in fashion), but doesn't sacrifice tunes to make a point. Best of all for reggae fans is that most of it is not overly familiar from previous Trojan compilations.


Strong Like Sampson - Linval Thompson
Strong Like Sampson - Linval Thompson

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet, 24 May 2008
Dancehall reggae is often thought to have broken with the Roots'n'Culture themes of the late 70s, but in its early days the opposite was true. This great value CD samples the early catalogue of pioneering dancehall producer Linval Thompson, who adopted the new - and very heavy - band the Roots Radics and the emerging star of dub, Scientist. Combining these with some of the best singers (Dennis Brown, Barrington Levy and others) he made reggae that was as committed as anything before it.

Another plus is that some of these tracks, like the stunning opener "Rice and Peas", don't crop up too often elsewhere.


Ethiopian Kings
Ethiopian Kings

4.0 out of 5 stars some hard to get classics, 24 May 2008
This review is from: Ethiopian Kings (Audio CD)
Rod "Rocky" Taylor is a roots singer very much in the style of Horace Andy. The quality of his stuff usually depends on who he was working with at the time. This CD is a bit patchy, but nevertheless essential for the first - superb - 3 tracks he recorded for the legendary Freedon Sounds label. Add to that the earlier and outstanding "Bad Man", best known as the riddim for Dillinger gem "Nah Chuck It".


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