Jammy$ From The Roots: 1977-1985

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Reggae fans will hardly need to read a review of this compilation: all they'll need to see are the name "Jammy's" and the dates "1977-1985," and they'll recognize this two-disc set for what it is: a collection of mostly essential reggae recordings made in the studio of King Jammy, one of the music's most revered producers at the cusp of the dancehall era. There are no digital rhythms here: although the backing tracks have that smooth, propulsive feel that all but shouts "here come the computers," they're all played on live instruments by the redoubtable High Times and Aggrovators studio bands, both of whom were rivaled only by the Roots Radics and the Soul Syndicate for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Reggae fans will hardly need to read a review of this compilation: all they'll need to see are the name "Jammy's" and the dates "1977-1985," and they'll recognize this two-disc set for what it is: a collection of mostly essential reggae recordings made in the studio of King Jammy, one of the music's most revered producers at the cusp of the dancehall era. There are no digital rhythms here: although the backing tracks have that smooth, propulsive feel that all but shouts "here come the computers," they're all played on live instruments by the redoubtable High Times and Aggrovators studio bands, both of whom were rivaled only by the Roots Radics and the Soul Syndicate for the title of Best Reggae Backing Band Ever. Interestingly, there are also almost no DJs: the vast majority of the collection's 32 tracks are by singers, who range from legendary Sugar Minott, Junior Reid, Frankie Paul to nearly forgotten Lacksley Castell, the Fantails. The quality of the material is, predictably enough, slightly uneven, but leans heavily toward the top-notch: "Natty Dread at the Controls" is a great performance by the underrated DJ U Black, Junior Reid's "Higgler Move" is a stone classic unlike his much slighter "Boom-Shack-a-Lack," also included, and the Fantails' "Name of the Game" is another brilliant obscurity. The Black Uhuru tracks are excellent, as always. Through it all, King Jammy's production style is both distinctive and perfect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Greensleeves
  • UPC: 601811206423
  • Catalog Number: 2064
  • Sales rank: 134,797

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fally Ranking - Johnny Osbourne (3:49)
  2. 2 Tonight Is The Night to Unite - Black Uhuru (3:07)
  3. 3 Give the People What They Want - Sugar Minott (3:45)
  4. 4 Conscience Speaks - Black Crucial (3:34)
  5. 5 Jah Ovah - Johnny Osbourne (4:10)
  6. 6 Youth Man - Noel Phillips (3:22)
  7. 7 Please Officer - Earl Zero (7:06)
  8. 8 Pablo In Moonlight City - Augustus Pablo (7:02)
  9. 9 Love Tickles Like Magic - Junior Delgado (2:44)
  10. 10 Jah Fire Will Be Burning - Hugh Mundell (4:12)
  11. 11 It A Go Dread - Barry Brown (4:40)
  12. 12 Time Is A Moment In Space - Wayne Smith (3:13)
  13. 13 Jah Gave Us This World - The Travellers (2:33)
  14. 14 Natty Dread At The Controls - U Black (3:14)
  15. 15 Name of The Game - The Fantails (2:52)
  16. 16 What A Great Day - Lacksley Castell (9:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mr. Marshall - Johnny Osbourne (3:46)
  2. 2 Life Hard A Yard - Natural Vibes (3:24)
  3. 3 Last Train To Africa - Prince Alla (3:37)
  4. 4 Collie George - Frankie Jones (3:39)
  5. 5 Willow Tree - Black Uhuru (2:58)
  6. 6 Jah Do Love Us - The Jays (3:35)
  7. 7 Higgler Move - Junior Reid (3:35)
  8. 8 Liberation - Junior Delgado (3:41)
  9. 9 One Big Ghetto - Half Pint (3:11)
  10. 10 Foreign Mind - Frankie Paul (3:42)
  11. 11 Africa We Want To Go - Dennis Brown (3:09)
  12. 12 Children Of Israel - Frankie Paul (3:51)
  13. 13 Boom-Shack-A-Lack - Junior Reid (3:31)
  14. 14 Mr. Landlord - Half Pint (2:59)
  15. 15 Do Good - Frankie Paul (3:17)
  16. 16 They Fight I - Dennis Brown (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Jammy Primary Artist
Tony Asher Keyboards
Lennox Brown Saxophone
Basil "Benbow" Creary Drums
Carlton "Santa" Davis Drums
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
George Fullwood Bass
Ossie Hibbert Piano
Herman Marquis Saxophone
Tommy McCook Saxophone
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Noel "Scully" Simms Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Keith Sterling Piano
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall Saxophone
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson Organ
Ron Wilson Trombone
Chris Meredith Bass
Vincent Don D Junior Gordon Trombone
Ansel 'Pinkie' Collins Piano
Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan Guitar
Valentine "Tony" Chin Rhythm Guitar
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar Drums
Fazal Prendergrass Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Lloyd James Producer
Peter Norman Mastering
D. Brown Composer
U Black Composer
Olivier Chastan Executive Producer
Harry Wise Liner Notes
F. Jones Composer
H. Seaton Composer
N. Phillips Composer
K. Blake Composer
D. Simpson Composer
J. Delgado Composer
Winfried Nacke Cover Photo
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