Upsetter Revue - "Play On Mr Music" (feat The Heptones & The Congos & Junior Murvin)
Carlton Jackson - "History" (Dub Plate mix)
The Silvertones - "Rejoice Jah Jah Children" (Dub Plate mix)
Jimmy Riley - "Give Me A Love"
The Upsetters - "Give Me A Dub"
Lee Perry - "Soul Fire"
Sam Carty - "Milte Hi Akhen Aka Bird In Hand" (Full vocal version)
Mystic I - "One More River To Cross"
The Upsetters - "One More Dub To Cross"
Junior Murvin - "People Get Ready"
The Upsetters - "People Get Ready Dub"
The Silvertones - "Feel All Right"
Keith Rowe - "Sugar & Spice (Love Has Got Its Way)"
The Upsetters - "Spicy Version"
Review: Although there have been a number of retrospectives focused on Lee 'Scratch' Perry's productions during the period he ran the Black Ark studio (1973-79), few have gone quite as deep as this superb compilation from Rock-A-Shacka. What makes it stand out from its rivals is not the number of well-regarded classics included - though it does contain a few, such as "Soul Fire" and Mystic I's "One More River To Cross" - but rather the deepness of the selections and the impressive number of previously unreleased tracks. Check, for example, the superb all-star outing "Play On Mr Music", after which the compilation is named, the languid and soulful "Dub Plate Mix" of The Silvertones' conscious roots classic "Rejoice Jah Jah Children", and the two mixes of Keith Rowe's "Sugar & Spice".
Review: On their latest essential retrospective, Doctor Bird has gathered together the quartet of albums released by legendary Jamaican toaster Prince Far I on Trojan Records between 1979 and '83 (the year of his premature death) - three of which have never previously appeared on CD. On disc one you'll find "Free From Sin", a formidably dubbed-out affair partially recorded at Treasure Isle Studios, and the slightly more roots-reggae focused 1980 follow-up, "Jamaican Heroes". Disc two begins with the ten tracks first featured on 1981's "Voice of Thunder" - a loose, languid and laidback set recorded at Channel 1 studios - before moving on to his final Trojan album, "Musical Heroes". If you've yet to explore Prince Far I's vast catalogue, this is a great place to start.