(1979) Rebel Music: A Reggae Anthology

Various Artists

... read moreRated "essential" by The Rough Guide to Reggae, this is a great collection of rocksteady and reggae from the 1970s, with the main emphasis on reggae. And with the likes of Keith Hudson, Michael Dyke, and the glorious Horace Andy, how can you really go wrong? Big Youth's "Screaming Target" is a...

01:10′:59″ 24 Songs

1
Various Artists
Step Softly
3:43
2
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Tonight
2:40
3
Various Artists
The Scorcher
2:42
4
Various Artists
The Russians Are Coming (Aka Take 5)
3:42
5
Various Artists
If I Could Rule This World
2:27
6
Various Artists
Upsetter
3:01
7
Various Artists
Cuss Cuss
2:34
8
Various Artists
Downpressor
3:14
9
Various Artists
Behold
2:50
10
Various Artists
Hardest Fighter
3:11
11
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East Of The River Nile (1971 Version)
2:48
12
Various Artists
$90 Skank
2:50
13
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God Helps The Man
3:25
14
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Concentration
2:28
15
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Fever
2:54
16
Various Artists
Slaving (Every Day)
2:55
17
Various Artists
Blackman Time
3:40
18
Various Artists
Hypocrite
3:04
19
Various Artists
You Don't Know
3:16
20
Various Artists
Black, Gold & Green
3:10
21
Various Artists
Melody Maker (Single Version)
2:08
22
Various Artists
Peter And Judas
2:37
23
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You Are My Angel
2:45
24
Various Artists
Saturday Night Special
2:55
Released 01 January 1979, 2002 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

Review

Rated "essential" by The Rough Guide to Reggae, this is a great collection of rocksteady and reggae from the 1970s, with the main emphasis on reggae. And with the likes of Keith Hudson, Michael Dyke, and the glorious Horace Andy, how can you really go wrong? Big Youth's "Screaming Target" is a certified classic, as is his seminal "S90 Skank," but there's truly not a bad track here. Three excellent Dennis Brown cuts, some fairly early Gregory Isaacs, and Junior Byles' "Beat Down Babylon," a great song that hasn't got the credit it really deserves. Even the rocksteady material, like "The Russians Are Coming," is top-notch. A better booklet would be helpful, placing everything in a historical context, but the music is faultless. One caveat, however: Make sure you get the original version, not the 2002 revised edition, which has many changes, and few of them for the better. Just check for the cheesy, garish cover, and you'll know you're on the right track. ~ Chris Nickson