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A Freedom Sounds from 1978, with Scientist dishing out the dub.

Deep roots originally issued on an obscure Jah Lion UK twelve, credited to Desmond Craig. On the flip, the melodica-led instrumental Jack The Ripper should have had Augustus Pablo checking his pockets.

From 1981, the Headphone label.

Excellent 1980 roots originally out on Harvest; subsequently booted by Burning Vibrations. Willie is Arnold, the Skatalites’ trumpeter. With the Soul Syndicate.

London calling, from 1981. Originally ‘Night Ravia’, on the JA label Coptic Lion.

Rootical soundboy tune from Channel One.

On King Tubby’s version of Declaration Of Rights.

Bob Skeng at the mic — this is the original, early-eighties acoustic version.

Kris UK roots waaning from 1995. Knees-up, finger-wagging Shaka business.

Tough UK digi. Shaka-business from the Waan You veteran, who came through with Light Of Saba in the seventies, and sparred in Ijahman Levi’s breakthrough. Aka Kick The Hobbit because of a typo on the original label.

Tough, late-80s UK steppers, with a Mad Professor dub.

Anthony Doyley is the singer on The Classics’ Civilization. Here he is tearing up the mic ten years later in 1980, two years after Knowledge stopped at the Black Ark. Just imagine being managed by Tapper Zukie.

Unreleased mixes of this early eighties heavyweight from the MSR label.

Weighty, A-grade roots rockers from High Times. Both sides extended.

Majestic, jazzy, mystical roots.

Classic roots, produced in JA by Stafford James (who ran the Mafia Tone Sound and a record shop here in Birmingham). Fully loaded with a Tubbys dub.

Brilliant Sugar Minott production of the Yabby You song. Full-blown, busy, mazy, hard-rocking music. Great horns, tough dub. From 1981, originally on Black Roots; a Shaka favourite.