Various Artists

Africa Iron Gate Showcase

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Record Label
Dub Store Records

About this item

Momentous album from 1982 building a bridge between roots reggae and dancehall. A conscious compilation with a variety of youth deejays, including Lee Van Cleef, Prince Hammer & Trinity chanting down babylon over a selection of the very best Roots Radics rhythms and of course, mixed at Tubby's (recording took place between Channel One and Tubby's). From Lee Van Cliff's pro-weed anthem "Chalice And Spliff", to Prince Hammer's more politically charged, "Press Along Dreadlocks" and "Moses", which features the same riddim but has George Nooks toasting some spiritual righteousness over the track. Slightly slower and lighter than what would become the standard for 'traditional' dancehall, you can almost hear both singers and producers hanging onto the roots sound and this album marks a critical moment in the transition into modern dancehall, tangible throughout these cuts. Out of print since 1982 and regularly fetching upwards of £70 2nd hand, this is an essential re-release by Dub Store Japan for reggae dancehall lovers across the world.

TRACK LISTING

Prince Hammer King In A The Ring
A2 –Echo Minott Emilo Bimbo
A3 –Trinity (4) Quiete Horse
A4 –Lee Van Cliff* Chalice And Spliff
A5 –Prince Hammer Africa Iron Gate
B1 –Enos McLoud* Words Sound And Power
B2 –George Nooks Moses
B3 –Prince Hammer Press Along Dreadlocks
B4 –Trinity (4) She Is Mine
B5 –Prince Hammer King Salassie M.16

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