Reggae Legends

Reggae Legends

by Sugar Minott
     
 
This box set serves several functions for the fan of roots and early dancehall reggae: first, and most importantly, it makes four classic Sugar Minott albums available on CD for the first time: Rydim (1985), Time Longer Than Rope (1985), Buy Off the Bar (1984), and Rockers Awards Winners (1984), the latter a "showcase" split album shared

Overview

This box set serves several functions for the fan of roots and early dancehall reggae: first, and most importantly, it makes four classic Sugar Minott albums available on CD for the first time: Rydim (1985), Time Longer Than Rope (1985), Buy Off the Bar (1984), and Rockers Awards Winners (1984), the latter a "showcase" split album shared with fellow dancehall superstar Leroy Smart. Second, and almost as important, it makes these albums available at a budget price ($26 for a four-disc set). Now granted, the music on these four CDs would have fit very easily on two, but the four-disc distribution reflects the label's desire to present each album as a miniature version of the original LP release, complete with a cardboard sleeve that partly duplicates the original cover art. The music itself is almost uniformly excellent, thanks in part to the sweetness and power of Sugar's trademark croon, a style that conforms equally well to the demands of a lover's plea ("If I Didn't Love You"), a reverent declaration of religious devotion ("Jah You Make Me Sing," "Jah Is on My Side"), or a sufferer's lament ("Ease Up Mr. Customs Man," "Frontline"), and in part to the consistently rock-solid rhythms provided by backing bands led by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. It's frankly a crime that these albums haven't been issued on CD previously, but to have them finally reissued all together at this price almost makes it worth the wait.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2012
Label:
Greensleeves
UPC:
0601811205723
catalogNumber:
2057
Rank:
142603

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Buy Off The Bar
  2. Can't Cross The Border
  3. Frontline
  4. Two Timer
  5. Strictly Sensi
  6. Dread Upon Your Head

Disc 2

  1. Feel The Rydim
  2. Mass Mi Mass
  3. Old King Cole
  4. Nah Go To South Africa
  5. Jah Is On My Side
  6. Bubbling
  7. If A Didn't Love You
  8. Chatty Chatty Mouth

Disc 3

  1. Can't Get Me Out
  2. Jah You Make Me Sing
  3. It's Happening
  4. I'm No Slave
  5. Ease Up Mr Custom Man
  6. Time Longer Than Rope
  7. Rockers Master

Disc 4

  1. Nah Follow No Fashion
  2. A True
  3. Cell Block One
  4. Roots Rock Reggae
  5. Girls Are Skanking
  6. Mankind A Failure
  7. Give Love A Try
  8. Reggae Music
  9. Love Life

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sugar Minott   Primary Artist
Sly Dunbar   Musician
Willie Lindo   Musician
David Madden   Musician
Jackie Mittoo   Musician
Robbie Shakespeare   Musician
Nambo Madden   Musician
Robbie Lyn   Musician
Dean Frazer   Musician
Skully   Musician
Black Roots   Musician

Technical Credits

Leroy Smart   Composer
Peter Chemist   Engineer
George Phang   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mikey Riley   Engineer
Soldgie   Engineer
Ruddy Thomas   Engineer
Rudy Thomas   Engineer
L. Minott   Composer
Michael Riley   Engineer

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