Island Presents: Roots Double CD
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Island Presents Roots collects 37 of the best-loved and most sought-after Roots sides of the mid-to-late seventies, all of which first saw issue outside Jamaica on Blackwell’s famed imprint. Aside from major hits are ten tracks making their CD debut, including the long lost original version of Althea & Donna’s, ‘Uptown Top Ranking’!
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The rare tracks include the original version of 'Uptown Top Ranking' by Althea & Donna where they harmonise beautifully the familiar lyrics over a dread minor key rhythm to startling effect and it is then immediately followed by an excellent Trinity toast over the same rhythm - these two tracks are worth the absurd £5.99 price tag on their own. The nyahbingi/funk hybrid 'None A Jah Jah Children (No Cry)' by Ras Michael is similarly brilliant as is the almost 9 minute [presumably 12" mix?] of the awesome Black Ark recorded 'Life Is Not Easy' by the Meditations (my favourite track by this perennially underrated harmony trio).
There are a couple of rocksteady flavoured roots tracks by the great Justin Hinds ('Fire (Is My Desire)' & 'One Bird In The Hand') exhibiting Hind's ultra-soulful pipes in full effect.Read more ›