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Features a host of reggae superstars. By the latter half of the 1970s, Winston 'Niney' Holness was widely acknowledged by reggae aficionados as being one of Jamaica's most celebrated record producers. A pioneer of the roots sound, his output over the preceding years had included scores of best-selling 7" singles, performed by many of the island's greatest performers, among whose number were the supremely gifted Leonard Dillon and Freddie McGregor. The recording careers of both of these esteemed artists dated back to the 60s, with Dillon writing and recording numerous major hits with his group, The Ethiopians, most famously his UK chartbuster, 'Train To Skaville'. The long run of hits abruptly ended in 1975 following the tragic death of Dillon's friend and singing partner Stephen Taylor, but after two years away from the recording studio he was finally ready to record once more, with his return marked by the widely acclaimed Ethiopians' LP 'Slave Call', which featured a brand-new line-up of the group. In contrast, McGregor's success until this time had been relatively modest, although the quality of his work, cut for a variety of producers had remained consistently high. In 1979 he recorded a number of superior sides for Niney, culminating in his best-selling 'Mr. McGregor' album, featuring such roots classics as 'Rasta Man Camp', 'Jah Can Count On I' and 'Rasta Have Faith'. Two years later, the singer and producer collaborated once again to record another hugely popular 'Showcase' (issued in the UK as 'Lover's Rock Jamaica Style') LP, the popularity of which firmly cemented McGregor's now lofty standing on the reggae scene. This collection, which comprises the aforementioned albums along with the cream of Niney's output from 1978 demonstrates his undisputed skill as a producer as well as with the often-sublime talents of a number of reggae music's most accomplished performers, at the very height of their music-making powers.
Features a host of reggae superstars. By the latter half of the 1970s, Winston 'Niney' Holness was widely acknowledged by reggae aficionados as being one of Jamaica's most celebrated record producers. A pioneer of the roots sound, his output over the preceding years had included scores of best-selling 7" singles, performed by many of the island's greatest performers, among whose number were the supremely gifted Leonard Dillon and Freddie McGregor. The recording careers of both of these esteemed artists dated back to the 60s, with Dillon writing and recording numerous major hits with his group, The Ethiopians, most famously his UK chartbuster, 'Train To Skaville'. The long run of hits abruptly ended in 1975 following the tragic death of Dillon's friend and singing partner Stephen Taylor, but after two years away from the recording studio he was finally ready to record once more, with his return marked by the widely acclaimed Ethiopians' LP 'Slave Call', which featured a brand-new line-up of the group. In contrast, McGregor's success until this time had been relatively modest, although the quality of his work, cut for a variety of producers had remained consistently high. In 1979 he recorded a number of superior sides for Niney, culminating in his best-selling 'Mr. McGregor' album, featuring such roots classics as 'Rasta Man Camp', 'Jah Can Count On I' and 'Rasta Have Faith'. Two years later, the singer and producer collaborated once again to record another hugely popular 'Showcase' (issued in the UK as 'Lover's Rock Jamaica Style') LP, the popularity of which firmly cemented McGregor's now lofty standing on the reggae scene. This collection, which comprises the aforementioned albums along with the cream of Niney's output from 1978 demonstrates his undisputed skill as a producer as well as with the often-sublime talents of a number of reggae music's most accomplished performers, at the very height of their music-making powers.
5013929283947
Observer Roots Albums Collection / Various - Observer Roots Albums Collection / Various (Uk)

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Format: CD
Label: DOCTOR BIRD
Rel. Date: 05/17/2024
UPC: 5013929283947

Observer Roots Albums Collection / Various (Uk)
Artist: Observer Roots Albums Collection / Various
Format: CD
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1. Ethiopian National Anthem
2. Slave Call
3. Guilty Conscience
4. Hurry on
5. Nuh Follow Babylon
6. Train to Skaville
7. Culture
8. Obeah Book
9. Let It Be Me
10. I Love Jah
11. Black Is the Highest Culture- the Jewels
12. Through the Fire I Come - the Heptones
13. Cry Cry- Junior Delgado
14. Rocking Chair - Delroy Wilson
15. Move On- the Heptones
16. Blood and Fire (1978 Version) - Niney
17. Jah Jah Higher Than High - the Rockstones
18. Well Hot - Mighty Diamonds ; the Heptones
19. Warrior - Horace Andy
20. Mr Know It All- Gregory Isaacs
21. Book of Rules - the Heptones
22. Left with a Broken Heart - Ken Boothe
23. Mix Up - Niney ; the Morwells
24. We Got Love
25. Walls of Jericho
26. Jah Can Count on I
27. Oh No Not My Baby
28. Why Did You Do It
29. Zion Chant
30. Rastaman Camp
31. Do Good
32. Brandy
33. Rasta Have Faith
34. Lovers Rock Ja. Style / Lovers Version
35. The Overseer / Overseer Version
36. Love One Another
37. Jah Will Bless You
38. Chant It Down / Chant It Version
39. Sitting in the Park / in the Park Version
40. Follow This Ya Sound
41. Roman Soldiers of Babylon

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Features a host of reggae superstars. By the latter half of the 1970s, Winston 'Niney' Holness was widely acknowledged by reggae aficionados as being one of Jamaica's most celebrated record producers. A pioneer of the roots sound, his output over the preceding years had included scores of best-selling 7" singles, performed by many of the island's greatest performers, among whose number were the supremely gifted Leonard Dillon and Freddie McGregor. The recording careers of both of these esteemed artists dated back to the 60s, with Dillon writing and recording numerous major hits with his group, The Ethiopians, most famously his UK chartbuster, 'Train To Skaville'. The long run of hits abruptly ended in 1975 following the tragic death of Dillon's friend and singing partner Stephen Taylor, but after two years away from the recording studio he was finally ready to record once more, with his return marked by the widely acclaimed Ethiopians' LP 'Slave Call', which featured a brand-new line-up of the group. In contrast, McGregor's success until this time had been relatively modest, although the quality of his work, cut for a variety of producers had remained consistently high. In 1979 he recorded a number of superior sides for Niney, culminating in his best-selling 'Mr. McGregor' album, featuring such roots classics as 'Rasta Man Camp', 'Jah Can Count On I' and 'Rasta Have Faith'. Two years later, the singer and producer collaborated once again to record another hugely popular 'Showcase' (issued in the UK as 'Lover's Rock Jamaica Style') LP, the popularity of which firmly cemented McGregor's now lofty standing on the reggae scene. This collection, which comprises the aforementioned albums along with the cream of Niney's output from 1978 demonstrates his undisputed skill as a producer as well as with the often-sublime talents of a number of reggae music's most accomplished performers, at the very height of their music-making powers.
        
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