Due for release at the beginning of August, this double album is compiled and annotated by DJ, recording artist (Big Audio Dynamite) and film director Don Letts. Finally providing a long awaited follow-up to the acclaimed first volume, issued some 14 years ago, the 38 tracks here include many of those Don spun at the UK’s first punk club, in the late 1970s. The content is very much reggae orientated with a healthy dose of original dub. Personal preference plays a part of course, but if I had to choose between them then the 20 track disc one has received marginally more plays so far. Zap Pow start us off with This Is Reggae Music, Warrior Charge, Johnny Clarke’s Roots Natty, Black Uhuru’s Sinsemilla (which sounds great with the bass turned up high!)and Toots & The Maytals with Funky Kingston (a well-known yet still great track from Toots) are also included, along with Max Romeo’s Chase The Devil (which for those that don’t know, is what The Prodigy sampled for Outta Space). But then disc two does include The Wailing Souls, The Mighty Diamonds, The
with Party Time and Third World’s Cool Meditation. Add to all this a booklet full of notes and images courtesy of Don himself, and it’s a very neat package indeed.