Conscious Ragga, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Don Snowden
The second volume of this series also hails from the period when conscious ragga was still a swimming-against-the-dancehall-slackness-tide phenomenon. Featuring largely the same roster of performers as volume one -- many taking their first steps to reggae prominence -- the disc could be called "Conscious Ragga: The Nyabinghi Variations" because about half the songs work off that percussion-driven, slow-Rasta chant sound. "Fire Pon Rome" introduced Anthony B to the reggae audience in a nyabinghi fashion with him chanting over percussion and a bit of bass. He joins Louie Culture and Sizzla for a tag team variation on "Row Mr. Fisherman," and five unknown DJs do the same on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Don Snowden
The second volume of this series also hails from the period when conscious ragga was still a swimming-against-the-dancehall-slackness-tide phenomenon. Featuring largely the same roster of performers as volume one -- many taking their first steps to reggae prominence -- the disc could be called "Conscious Ragga: The Nyabinghi Variations" because about half the songs work off that percussion-driven, slow-Rasta chant sound. "Fire Pon Rome" introduced Anthony B to the reggae audience in a nyabinghi fashion with him chanting over percussion and a bit of bass. He joins Louie Culture and Sizzla for a tag team variation on "Row Mr. Fisherman," and five unknown DJs do the same on "Whom Shall I Fear." Ex-Black Uhuru lead singer Mykal Rose works an electro-nyabinghi variant on the lightweight commentary "Pollution" and Anthony Malvo's "Jah Mek Me Stronger" is particularly strong. Among the bigger names, Capleton's "Can't Sleep" effectively mines his minimal dancehall vein and trademark rasp and Bounty Killer drops his inevitable "Lord Have Mercy" opening tag into some rasty electronic backing on the unmemorable "Babylon Drop a Ground." Among the lesser names, Red Rose's dancehall "No Heathen" captures the ear and Al Campbell's "Hard Times"' changeover to a fuller song with smooth harmonies is a nice shift, but the delightfully named Simpleton's "The Chronic" isn't much compared to his "Sick Under Rastaman Treatment" from volume one. Conscious Ragga, Vol. 2 is a solid, but not essential, compilation with some genuine peaks...but a lot depends on how much you like those nyabinghi chants.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/1996
  • Label: Greensleeves
  • UPC: 601811122525
  • Catalog Number: 225

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fire Pon Rome (3:51)
  2. 2 Babylon Drop a Ground (3:42)
  3. 3 Rush on the Tonic - Mykal Rose (3:37)
  4. 4 Wicked 'Ave Fi Run Wey (3:33)
  5. 5 How You a Go Say - Merciless (3:37)
  6. 6 No Heathen - Red Rose (3:41)
  7. 7 The Chronic (3:28)
  8. 8 Row Mr. Fisherman (3:46)
  9. 9 More Weed - Silvercat (3:36)
  10. 10 Pollution - Mykal Rose (3:38)
  11. 11 Can't Sleep at Night (3:27)
  12. 12 Whom Shall I Fear - Mickey Melody (3:43)
  13. 13 Hard Times (3:38)
  14. 14 Stop Bawl Out - Merciless (3:23)
  15. 15 African Song (4:02)
  16. 16 Rastaman (3:50)
  17. 17 Jah Mek Me Stronger (3:51)
  18. 18 Mama (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Capleton Track Performer
Simpleton Track Performer
Al Campbell Track Performer
Anthony Malvo Track Performer
Sizzla Track Performer
Bounty Killer Track Performer
Mykal Rose Track Performer
Anthony B Track Performer
Louie Culture Track Performer
Galaxy P Track Performer
Lukie D Track Performer
Merciless Track Performer
Red Rose Track Performer
Silvercat Track Performer
Mikey Melody Track Performer
Little Hero Track Performer
John Mouse Track Performer
Action Fire Track Performer
Johnny Diamond Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tom Lehrer Composer
R. Bell Producer
Jack Scorpio Producer
Collin "Bulbie" York Producer
John John Producer
Frenchie Producer
Delroy Schobourgh Producer
Harvel Hart Producer
Anthony Redrose Producer
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