Greensleeves Records have started 'exploiting' their backcatalogue by handing several well-known producers and artists the task to compile CDs (or 7" box-sets). Something that can easily lead to compilations with over-anthologized tunes nobody really needs, but... one of the UK's most respected soundsystem veterans avoided that trap and thanks to the Zulu Warrior, Jah Shaka we get to share his "Positive Message". Collected on this CD are the 1979 released "Felt We Felt The Strain" by Keith Hudson, together with Johnny Clarke's "Jah Love Is With I" and the Laser and DEB excellent take on Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Slave Driver" by the Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Emmanuel Brown. Fred Locks (alongside the Creation Steppers) contributes the Lloydie Coxson's Tribes Man label record "Love And Only Love" which was released around the same time and luckily also included is "Protect Them" by the underrated and underrecorded Augustus Pablo protégé Norris Reid.

A great Henry 'Junjo' Lawes production is the wonderful "Hell A Go Pop" by Cultural Roots from 1984 and also Johnny Clarke's self produced upful "Bad Days Are Going" and "Perilous Time" by Mystic Eyes a.k.a. Mystic I, produced by Linval Thompson (and originally released with a Trinity deejay version on Greensleeves Records) - true roots gems that you won't easily find somewhere else. Much more often heard but a true anthemic classic is Ras Michael & the Sons Of Negus seminal "None A Jah Jah Children (No Cry)". The Hugh Mundell tune "Can't Pop No Style" completes the ten tunes not included on the limited edition 6x7" boxset.

Even hard-core roots collectors might still have to buy this CD, everyone else for sure should!

Souljah, Green Beret Productions ~ Reggae Vibes ~ 2009


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