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Sugar Minott's Hidden Treasure
     

Sugar Minott's Hidden Treasure

 
The third release from the up-and-coming Easy Star label is a fine compilation of 20 tracks from Sugar Minott's Black Roots label, almost half of which are previously unreleased. Reggae producers are judged according to two criteria: the sound they're able to generate in the studio, and the quality of the artists they're able to attract

Overview

The third release from the up-and-coming Easy Star label is a fine compilation of 20 tracks from Sugar Minott's Black Roots label, almost half of which are previously unreleased. Reggae producers are judged according to two criteria: the sound they're able to generate in the studio, and the quality of the artists they're able to attract to their stables. Minott (a great singer in his own right) has always excelled on both counts. The roster on this collection reads like a who's who of modern reggae -- Horace Andy (with his hit version of the Bill Withers R&B classic "Ain't No Sunshine"), Garnett Silk, Yami Bolo, Barrington Levy, and Junior Reid all put in appearances, as do such lesser-known names as Don Angelo (whose aching "You Girl" is one of the album's highlights), Branches, and the African Brothers. Surprisingly, the production quality is uneven -- most songs rock with the heavy, rolling grooves that Minott has always seemed able to summon up at will, but the vocals are poorly recorded in a couple of cases, and there's a very strange mid-song fade on Tenor Saw's "African Children" that sounds more like an engineering mistake than a production flourish. Even with the occasional glitch, though, the high quality of the material shines through. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
Label:
Easy Star
UPC:
0657481100325
catalogNumber:
1003

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Track Performer
Junior Delgado   Track Performer
Barrington Levy   Track Performer
Albert   Drums
Michael Palmer   Track Performer
Tony Tuff   Track Performer
Horace Andy   Track Performer
Yami Bolo   Track Performer
Ansel Collins   Keyboards
Junior Reid   Track Performer
Tenor Saw   Track Performer
Ranking Joe   Track Performer
Garnett Silk   Track Performer
Noel Sowell Bailey   Guitar
Pablove Black   Keyboards
Aston Barrett   Bass
Winston Bowen   Guitar
Barry Brown   Track Performer
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Drums
Lennox Brown   Horn
Dalton Browne   Guitar
Tony Chin   Guitar
Santa Davis   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Bobby Ellis   Horn
Vin Gordon   Horn
Leroy Hammond   Guitar
Bernard Touter Harvey   Keyboards
Ossie Hibbert   Keyboards
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Keyboards
Willie Lindo   Guitar
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Tommy McCook   Flute,Horn
Sugar Minott   Track Performer
Jackie Mittoo   Keyboards
Lloyd Parks   Bass
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Professor Larry   Bass
Style Scott   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Noel "Scully" Simms   Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Keith Sterling   Keyboards
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Earl "Bagga" Walker   Bass
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Drums
Winston Wright   Keyboards
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass
Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation   Percussion
Simon Rochester   Guitar,Keyboards
Trevor Hartley   Track Performer
Echo Minott   Track Performer
Tinleg   Drums
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson   Keyboards
Orangutan   Drums
Tristan Palmer   Track Performer
African Brothers   Track Performer
Cassy Man   Track Performer
Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont   Guitar
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Peter Chemist   Engineer
Bertie Grant   Engineer
Sugar Minott   Producer,Engineer
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Eric Smith   Art Direction
Admiral Ken   Engineer
Ras Barnibas   Engineer

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