January 08, 2002
Reggae, Dub, Roots Reggae

Album Review

Don Letts used to spin the chill soundtrack at London's Roxy Club during punk's 1976-1977 heyday. Helping the likes of the Clash, Siouxsie Sioux, and the Sex Pistols wind down from a gig, Letts tapped his vast reggae collection for a mix of classic roots reggae from the early and mid-'70s. Now the magic is canned for all to hear, with cuts featuring such Jamaican stars as Junior Byles, U-Roy, the Mighty Diamonds, Horace Andy, and Lee Perry. Many of them English favorites; the disc's 16 tracks also include a few dread dub sides from King Tubby and a classic from rockers Svengali Augustus Pablo ("King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown"). A fine way to eavesdrop on what Joe Strummer probably heard while taking in the London punk club scene.
Stephen Cook, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Bag a Wire Dub
  2. Marcus Garvey
  3. Fade Away
  4. M.P.L.A. [Dub]
  5. Black Harmony Killer
  6. Fisherman
  7. Wear You to the Ball
  8. Rush I Some [Dub]
  9. Pure Ranking [Discomix]
  10. I Need a Roof
  11. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
  12. Train to Zion [Discomix]
  13. Two Sevens Clash
  14. Deuteronomy
  15. Police and Thieves
  16. The Tackro