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U-Roy - Rebel In Styylle
U-Roy - Tom Drunk
U-Roy - Version Galore
U-Roy
Version Galore
LP | 1971 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
20,99 €*
Release:1971 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
“All of a sudden, Jamaica awoke one morning
and U-Roy was everywhere…”
So read the original liner notes to this classic reggae LP, which
originally hit in 1971 and washed over the island like a grooving
tropical storm.
U-Roy was a true reggae pioneer, dubbed The Originator for good
reason. Bursting onto the Jamaican scene in the early 1970s, he
pioneered the vocal approach called “toasting,” which in addition
to bringing Jamaican music into a new era, was also heavily influential
on an American vocal style also in its infancy: rapping.
This full-length, his first after a string of singles (mostly on the
Treasure Isle and other Duke Reid labels, run by the famed
producer and studio owner), rolls like a crazy party where a
wobbly, but talented, “master of ceremonies” grabs the mic and
won’t let go. Speaking over and around songs that already have
straight-ahead vocals on them, U-Roy shows the world why he is
considered an iconoclast and trailblazer.
In all honesty, there are few standouts on the album since they all
run a similar course, and all are captivating in their own way.
Modern listeners will especially note “Tide Is High,” originally by
the Paragons (featuring dulcet-toned vocalist John Holt) and
recorded later as a 1980 smash hit by Blondie.
Each track here is a new adventure, and while U-Roy’s approach
might take some getting used to, it will eventually capture your
ears as it did the entire island of Jamaica in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Sit
back, drop the needle, and enjoy.
U-Roy - Natty Rebel
U-Roy
Natty Rebel
LP | 1976 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
22,99 €*
Release:1976 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
U-Roy was a true reggae pioneer, dubbed The Originator for good reason. Bursting onto the Jamaican scene in the early 1970s, he pioneered the vocal approach called "toasting," which in addition to bringing Jamaican music into a new era, was also heavily influential on an American vocal style also in its infancy: rapping.

Following up the Record Store Day 2017 release of U-Roy's classic Dread In A Babylon, Traffic Entertainment Group now brings us a very welcome reissue of the vocalist's 1976 full-length (and fourth) album, Natty Rebel, which has been out of print for more than 30 years.

Produced by Tony Robinson (known for his work with Big Youth, Lloyd Parks, the Gladiators and many more), the album's 11 cuts range from bouncier and sometimes even disco-tinged grooves - "Have Mercy," "Go There Natty" and the album lead-off, "Babylon Burning" - to the classic roots stepping that drew fans to the legendary Jamaican vocalist over his long career - including "So Jay Jah Say" and "Natty Kung Fu."

At its core, this is a deep journey into the heart of rasta living, spoken by one of Jamaica's most underrated dub and roots legends, and it's one of the strongest full-lengths in his expansive catalog.

Whether you are experiencing U-Roy for the first time, or replacing your decades-old original LP, diving into this reissue of Natty Rebel is one hell of a way to spend an afternoon. Or, if you're not careful, a week or two.
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