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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.

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