Roots with Quality [Brilliant Box]

Roots with Quality [Brilliant Box]

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Giving the Sanctuary label's 2005 set Blood & Fire some serious competition, Roots with Quality is VP's stab at collecting the work of reggae producer Winston Holness aka Niney the Observer. Niney has forever lived in the shadow of his mentor Lee Perry -- and you only need to look at their respective nicknames of "The Observer" andSee more details below

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Giving the Sanctuary label's 2005 set Blood & Fire some serious competition, Roots with Quality is VP's stab at collecting the work of reggae producer Winston Holness aka Niney the Observer. Niney has forever lived in the shadow of his mentor Lee Perry -- and you only need to look at their respective nicknames of "The Observer" and "The Upsetter" for clues as to why -- but in the background he created a stunning amount of vital material during the '70s. Besides his own call to arms "Blood & Fire" which opens the set, there's Michael Rose's original version of Black Uhuru's international hit "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," plus the Junior Byles standard "Weeping," which is a prime example of why the singer was dubbed "the man of many voices." Having Dennis Brown's great protest number "Wolf & Leopards" in its disco mix means Bongo Herman's dank dub is attached, and with Gregory Isaacs' "Slave Master" segueing into Ranking Buckers' "Captives" thanks to the set's love of 12"s, the reggae faithful will jump immediately to disc two. Closing the set is a series of lesser-known but still high-quality tracks from the '80s that fell into obscurity thanks to the public's shift in taste to dancehall music. Sticking with the title's promise of "Roots," Niney's digital/dancehall output -- as worthy as it may be -- is ignored. Still, Roots with Quality goes well past the Sanctuary set's stop date of 1978, and with great track-by-track commentary, Roots has the ever-so-slight advantage over Blood.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645414821
catalogNumber:
4148
Rank:
111883

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Blood & Fire  - Niney the Observer
  2. Whole Lot of Fire  - Big Youth
  3. The Coming of Jah  - Niney the Observer
  4. Rasta Bandwagon  - Lee "Scratch" Perry
  5. Rascal Man (False Rasta)  - Delroy Wilson
  6. Rasta No Born Yah  -  Sang Hugh
  7. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner/Clap the Barber  - Michael Rose
  8. The Way to Reason  - Delroy Washington
  9. Bring the Couchie Come  -  Reggae Crusaders
  10. I Need Your Loving  - Slim Smith
  11. Rock On  - Gregory Isaacs
  12. Silver Words  - Ken Boothe
  13. My Baby Is Gone  - Delroy Wilson
  14. Here I Come  - Dennis Brown
  15. Jah Come Here  -  I-Roy
  16. Warrior  - Johnny Clarke
  17. Whip Them Jah  - Ranking Trevor
  18. Every Natty  - Junior Delgado
  19. Weeping  - Junior Byles
  20. Sufferation  - Tyrone Taylor

Disc 2

  1. Wolf & Leopards/Nosey Joe  - Bongo Herman
  2. Slave Master/Captives  -  Captives
  3. Chant It Down  - Freddie McGregor
  4. Jah Is My Light  - Leroy Smart
  5. No More Will I Roam  - Dennis Brown
  6. Materialist  - Horace Andy
  7. Moses  - Jacob Miller
  8. Prophecy Call  -  Glasford Manning
  9. Mutiny  - Niney the Observer
  10. I Jah I  -  Jewels
  11. Slave Call  -  Ethiopians
  12. Temptation, Botheration & Tribulation  -  Heptones
  13. Roots with Quality  -  Third World
  14. Tease My Love  - Freddie McGregor
  15. Lover's Race  - Sugar Minott
  16. Mr. Sun  - Don Carlos
  17. Thank You Mama  - Barry Brown
  18. Lover's Rock J.A. Style  - Freddie McGregor
  19. Sweets for My Sweet  - Jimmy Riley
  20. Money Friend  - Baby Wayne

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Niney the Observer   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ken Boothe   Composer
Junior Delgado   Composer
Heptones   Composer
I-Roy   Composer
Scientist   Engineer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Barnabas   Engineer
Leroy Smart   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Errol Brown   Engineer
Peter Chemist   Engineer
Winston Holmes   Author
Winston "Niney" Holness   Composer,Remixing,Audio Production
Gregory Isaacs   Composer
Freddie McGregor   Composer
Niney the Observer   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Engineer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Phillip Smart   Engineer
T. Taylor   Composer
Errol Thompson   Engineer
Baby Wayne   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Delroy Wilson   Composer
Christopher Chin   Executive Producer,Audio Production
D. Brown   Composer
Paul Shields   Mastering,Remastering
Crucial Bunny   Engineer
Horace Hinds   Composer
Manley Buchanan   Composer
B. Brown   Composer
Solgie Hamilton   Engineer
Sidney Bucknor   Engineer
Daddy Lion Chandell   Liner Notes
L. Smart   Composer
L. Newland   Composer
L. Minott   Composer
H. Swaby   Composer
G. Manning   Composer
E. Francis   Composer
L. Perry   Composer
J. Byles   Composer
M. Rose   Composer
W. Boswell   Composer
M. Smith   Composer
M. Grant   Composer
J. Delgado   Composer
L. Dillon   Composer
J. Miller   Composer
B. Davis   Composer

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