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ALBUM REVIEW: UNUSUAL REGGAE: REVOLUTION RECORDS 1968-1970 COMPILATION

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(Revolution)

8/10

This album brings the best of Revolution Records 1968-1970. The output of a South London recording studio where David Hadfield and John Harper produced rocksteady and reggae.

Creating their own arcane label through a passion for Jamaican music, the two had success with a number of singles in the underground. The original record prices have now sored highly. Opening track ‘Sitting In The Park’ by Owen Grey & Maximum Breed sounds soulful, verging on lovers rock. Second song ‘You’ve Got It’ has a sixties feel, like Northern Soul meets reggae. It has 43 songs over 2 discs restored and remastered, covering the labels reggae and rocksteady singles plus 3 unreleased tracks. The 28-page booklet includes a centrespread with the label’s history and a detailed discography. It also displays a newspaper clipping that reads ‘The underground is just a fad. You have to be stoned out of your mind to enjoy it’. Packed with distinctive retro dancing music, it’s a winner.

Paula Frost