Roots with Quality [Brilliant Box]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645414821
  • Catalog Number: 4148
  • Sales rank: 169,253

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blood & Fire (3:00)
  2. 2 Whole Lot of Fire - Big Youth (3:17)
  3. 3 The Coming of Jah (2:50)
  4. 4 Rasta Bandwagon - Lee "Scratch" Perry (2:39)
  5. 5 Rascal Man (False Rasta) - Delroy Wilson (3:05)
  6. 6 Rasta No Born Yah - Sang Hugh (6:19)
  7. 7 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner/Clap the Barber - Michael Rose (5:24)
  8. 8 The Way to Reason - Delroy Washington (2:50)
  9. 9 Bring the Couchie Come - The Reggae Crusaders (2:39)
  10. 10 I Need Your Loving - Slim Smith (2:25)
  11. 11 Rock On - Gregory Isaacs (2:33)
  12. 12 Silver Words - Ken Boothe (2:34)
  13. 13 My Baby Is Gone - Delroy Wilson (2:35)
  14. 14 Here I Come - Dennis Brown (2:53)
  15. 15 Jah Come Here - I-Roy (3:04)
  16. 16 Warrior - Johnny Clarke (4:37)
  17. 17 Whip Them Jah - Ranking Trevor (4:42)
  18. 18 Every Natty - Junior Delgado (2:20)
  19. 19 Weeping - Junior Byles (2:37)
  20. 20 Sufferation - Tyrone Taylor (7:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wolf & Leopards/Nosey Joe - Bongo Herman (5:45)
  2. 2 Slave Master/Captives - The Captives (6:08)
  3. 3 Chant It Down - Freddie McGregor (3:05)
  4. 4 Jah Is My Light - Leroy Smart (3:29)
  5. 5 No More Will I Roam - Dennis Brown (6:01)
  6. 6 Materialist - Horace Andy (6:17)
  7. 7 Moses - Jacob Miller (2:10)
  8. 8 Prophecy Call - Glasford Manning (2:31)
  9. 9 Mutiny (5:18)
  10. 10 I Jah I - The Jewels (3:38)
  11. 11 Slave Call - The Ethiopians (4:10)
  12. 12 Temptation, Botheration & Tribulation - The Heptones (2:51)
  13. 13 Roots with Quality - Third World (3:40)
  14. 14 Tease My Love - Freddie McGregor (3:19)
  15. 15 Lover's Race - Sugar Minott (2:51)
  16. 16 Mr. Sun - Don Carlos (4:06)
  17. 17 Thank You Mama - Barry Brown (3:21)
  18. 18 Lover's Rock J.A. Style - Freddie McGregor (3:06)
  19. 19 Sweets for My Sweet - Jimmy Riley (3:06)
  20. 20 Money Friend - Baby Wayne (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Niney the Observer Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ken Boothe Composer
Junior Delgado Composer
The 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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