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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Jan. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B00DOU0O9U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear
  2. Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush - Inner Circle
  3. Freedom Song - Third World
  4. None A Jah Jah Children (No Cry) - Ras Michael, The Sons Of Negus
  5. Old Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear
  6. Going Back To Ethiopia - Righteous Foundation
  7. One Step Forward - Max Romeo
  8. Police & Thieves - Junior Murvin
  9. Soldier And Police War - Jah Lion
  10. Three In One - Lee ""Scratch"" Perry
  11. Fire (Is A Desire) - Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
  12. Lion - Burning Spear
  13. Tedious - Junior Murvin
  14. Natty B.Sc. - Dillinger
  15. Congo Man - The Congos
  16. Africa - Rico
  17. 96 Degrees In The Shade - Third World
  18. Rastaman Shuffle - The Upsetters
  19. Uptown Top Ranking - Althea & Donna
  20. Real Ranking - Trinity

Disc: 2

  1. At The Feast Of Passover - The Congos
  2. Soul Fire - Lee ""Scratch"" Perry
  3. Forward Ever - Jacob Miller
  4. Prodigal Son - Steel Pulse
  5. Gold Spoon - Hosbah Lawrence
  6. One Bird In The Hand - Justin Hines And The Dominoes
  7. Dubbing Is A Must - Pablo Moses
  8. Cool Meditation - Third World
  9. In These Times - Errol Walker
  10. Life Is Not Easy - The Meditations
  11. Roots Man Reggae - Zap Pow
  12. Sons Of Garvey - Joe Higgs
  13. Jah Heavy Load - Ijahman
  14. Feel The Spirit - Wailing Souls
  15. Marcus Garvey's Back In Town - The In Crowd
  16. We ""A"" Rockers - Inner Circle

Product Description

Product Description

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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I wonder if this 2CD compilation will be the swansong of Universal Records excellent series of reggae compilations on their Spectrum off-shoot now that they have sold the Trojan catalogue to BMG? I certainly hope not but if it is then it is a great way to go out with a generous 37-track selection in superb sound quality mixing both the familiar and rare in a heady mix combining solo vocalists, harmony groups and DJs. Some of the tracks are perhaps over-familiar ('One Step Forward' by Max Romeo & 'Marcus Garvey' by Burning Spear & 'Police & Thieves' by Junior Murvin being the prime suspects) but the generous 2-and-a-half running time more than compensates for this.

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.
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I totally agree with the previous review-this is an excellent mixture of the well known and obscure. However, one of the reasons I bought this album was for disc1, track 13, Kude a bamba by Ras Midas. I bought this track on Black Swan 45 when it came out in the 70's, and was looking forward to having it on CD. However my CD plays Tedious by Junior Murvin instead! Disapointed! Apart from that an excellent compilation.
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I bought this cd for only one track,kude a bamba by ras midas and the track has been changed to tedious by junior murvin!,what a let down as the original ras midas track is hard to find on cd,i have it on 45 on black swan but would like to play it in the car on cd,the rest of the compilation is ok but nothing special, with the exception of fire by justin hinds and a couple of more tracks, and can be found anywhere on various reggae cds.
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BUY THIS NOW IF YOU ARE READY FOR THE ROOTS VIBE.. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
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Another great reggae album from a great from a great label
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rediscovering some great tunes !
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Roots Rockers Superb Collection.
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Wicked. Some classic tunes
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