U-Roy was a true reggae pioneer, dubbed The Originator for good reason. Bursting onto the Jamaican scene in the earliest 1970s, he pioneered the vocal approach called “toasting,” which in addition to branching out Jamaican music into a new era, was also heavily influential on an American genre in its infancy: rapping. U-Roy’s style and charisma are always on display, and – as with all of his classic records – the groove rules all. Presented for Record Store Day 2017 on black vinyl with a poster of the glorious, ganja-drenched cover art, it’s the perfect chance to revisit one of the more underrated voices in Jamaican musical history.
SIDE A: 01 Runaway Girl 02 Chalice In The Palace 03 I Can't Love Another 04 Dread Locks Dread 05 The Great Psalms
SIDE B: 01 Natty Don't Fear 02 African Message 03 Silver Bird 04 Listen To The Teacher 05 Trench Town Rock