Jonny Greenwood Is the...
Whether You Recognise Him as Radioheads Soaring Lead Guitarist, a Recent Winner at the BBC British Composer Awards Or Even as a Member of the Weird Sisters Featured in the Harry Potter Films, None Can Dispute Jonny Greenwoods Legendary Musical Credentials. Here He Turns his Hand to Compiling an Album of Music that is Extremely Close to his Heart, Reggae Music. Jonny Trawled the Archives of the Legendary Trojan Records and Has Picked a Faultless Selection of Tracks by the Likes of Linval Thompson, John Holt, Lee Perry and the Heptones Ranging from Classic Ska and Rocksteady Cuts to Some Vintage Dub and Roots.
Highlights include several tracks from faily well known artists like Gregory Isaacs, the Heptones, Lee Perry and Desmond Dekker. But the real treasures are from some of the more obscure (at least to me) artists. First is a great 12' mix of I'M STILL IN LOVE from MARCIA AITKEN. a great pop-reggae track that melds into a dub/toaster ending that will have you hitting the repeat button endlessly. Also a great version of the R&B classic FEVER from Junior Byles and the lead track DREAD ARE THE CONTROLLER by Lival Thompson serve as highlights. Much of the material leans toward dub style production, but I'd say that everything is pretty accessible to someone interested in Jamaican music.
This is a solid collection, without a weak track that would serve as a great introduction to reggae or would serve a person well versed in the music. I've had it on constant rotation all summer.