Sugar showed Coxsone how to lick over classic rhythms to suit the changing times, layering on new bass, percussion and keys by the Underground Vegetables crew, behind sparkling new vocals.
Over three decades, Rude Boys cast as thugs, henchmen, pariahs; cutting-edge cultural warriors, rebels, freedom fighters. From ska to dancehall, with numerous rare contributions, and thrilling from start to finish.
A blistering selection, with the series’ signature mixture of classic hits and recovered treasure.
Superb selection from the Soul Vendors era. An early run-out for FM’s Bandulo rhythm to start; connoisseur monsters like Rave All Night and I Make a Woman; Mittoo murder like Sure Shots. Notes by Chris Lane.
Raw, rugged reggae in the tradition of Wackies and Half Moon — done very proud by the presentation here, including home-movies from the day, with footage of Willie Williams, Jackie Mittoo and the gang.
The key Black Victory album: a devastating, chilled, dread run on King Tubby’s Tempo rhythm, and surely the greatest one-rhythm LP of all time, with the very greatest versions of the Red Rose classic.