This sound first gained widespread acceptance fifteen years ago thanks to the late Frankie Crocker. He had just returned from about a month stint of shows on WBLS FM, New York City, "live" from London, England on Capitol FM. Among his stack of "pirate plates" was the group Massive Attack (one of the bands included here); Soul II Soul was just blowing-up he was the first to bring them to the States as well.
This CD represents those years that have become the foundation for much of the ensuing hip-hop and dance music we now often take for granted. It is a familiar collective for Jah massive!
There are several previously unreleased or hard-to-find dub versions like Shri's "Signs," and Barrington Levy on "Here I Come."
It is no coincidence that Aretha's "Rock Steady" (featuring Bernard "Pretty" Purdie on drums) is included, given that rock-steady is a Jamaican dance style that came out three decades ago. Bigg upps!
In a way, jams like these were instrumental in bridging the gap between the Marley, Heptones, Burning Spear reggae music and the Sean Paul and Elephant Man hits we rock to here in the future. I'm not hip to the "Bristol" connection, and I tried to reach out to them for the 411, to no avail... guess the request was chaliced.
Put this on at you party, bar background, store or picnic and get maximum respect.