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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 morningand U-Roy was everywhere…”So read the original liner notes to this classic reggae LP, whichoriginally hit in 1971 and washed over the island like a groovingtropical storm.U-Roy was a true reggae pioneer, dubbed The Originator for goodreason. Bursting onto the Jamaican scene in the early 1970s, hepioneered the vocal approach called “toasting,” which in additionto bringing Jamaican music into a new era, was also heavily influentialon an American vocal style also in its infancy: rapping.This full-length, his first after a string of singles (mostly on theTreasure Isle and other Duke Reid labels, run by the famedproducer and studio owner), rolls like a crazy party where awobbly, but talented, “master of ceremonies” grabs the mic andwon’t let go. Speaking over and around songs that already havestraight-ahead vocals on them, U-Roy shows the world why he isconsidered an iconoclast and trailblazer.In all honesty, there are few standouts on the album since they allrun a similar course, and all are captivating in their own way.Modern listeners will especially note “Tide Is High,” originally bythe Paragons (featuring dulcet-toned vocalist John Holt) andrecorded later as a 1980 smash hit by Blondie.Each track here is a new adventure, and while U-Roy’s approachmight take some getting used to, it will eventually capture yourears as it did the entire island of Jamaica in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Sitback, 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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