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Rodigan the selector!!,
This review is from: Lovers Rock - Serious Selections Vol.1 (Audio CD)
He may be white and British but Dave Rodigan played a crucial role in spreading the word of British reggae.I recall his shows on Radio london (ignoring Tony Williams) and he educated me in things reggae.
This CD highlights some defining tracks which eventually bought about the term Lover's Rock.Anyone with a slight interest in reggae will recognise the likes of Ruddy Thomes,Horace Andy,Barry Biggs,The Tamlins and Louisa marks.All these artists deserved international hits with the tracks on offer here.Sadly,as always, reggae has not often attracted mainstream airplay unless the record has a gimmicky hook.
This set also demonstrates how the likes of Dennis Bovell added British influences on reggae music production and then the likes of Sugar Minnott took them back to Jamaica.
A great choice of cuts and a great intro to Lover's Rock.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2010 15:55:05 BDT
Honest John says:
Please don't give credit where it is not due. David Rodigan was a DJ. Nothing more. Aside from the simple novelty we both know he was, he was piteously unremarkable. It just so happens that he played music from an island he liked in a time where not many of his "ilk" were in a position to bring it to a larger audience. As a conduit, yes, he was instrumental, but by no means significant. Be objective: rate the CD and not a disc jockey that had nowhere near the involvement with Lovers' Rock that you profess, Sad Old Git.
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Archie Grimwald says:
I fail to see what point you are trying to make Mr.John? I note you have not bothered to review anything on this site.
My review is written from a personal perspective of how I percieive this album.I would assume by the title and his reggae credentials that Mr.Rodigan has compiled this set in a similar fashion to the Donn Letts ones available.You state that Dave Rodigan deserves no credit which I find difficult to agree with bearing in mind this white British reggae DJ spread the roots vibe (and some Lover's Rock) throughout London both on and of the radio and continues to do so after over thirty years in the business. Granted I should have stated he was a DJ but he also took his own soundsystem to Jamaica which was quite a feat for a London white baldhead.More than merely a DJ I would suggest. I would think that as a musical 'conduit' (your word, not mine)at the time this warrants a bit of respect! You come from London so I would have thought you would have listened to Reggae Time on Sundays via Radio London or the subsequent Saturday night Capital Radio show?
You also state that I profess that Mr.Rodigan contributed to the creation of Lover's Rock which is not how I read my review at all.I merely state that this CD represents a good collection of the musical genre during its formulative years.I also stated my personal highlights of the CD by naming the artists featured and tried to give a brief incite into the history of Lover's Rock for the uninitiated.I never stated at any point that Rodigan was 'significant' (to Lover's Rock?) which you imply.I suggest you learn to read more accurately so you can be a bit more 'honest' when rating reviews objectively!
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