Review: This re-issue combines two 12"s. "Tribute To Bob Marley" was originally released on the Top Ranking International label in 1981, soon after the Wailer's death in May, and provided an outstanding cut on Horace Andy's exclusive album set issued the following year in London by Solid Groove. The flip side featured Jah Batta's DJ cut "Great Super Star", unaccredited on the original label. Lingering Spirit offers a completely different mix, first issued in England on the red Bullwackie's label in 1983 (its title more reticent now, after the hundreds of Marley tribute records). It was coupled with Horace's compelling interpretation of "Love Hangover" which though Lloyd Barnes himself has always been a soft touch for a bit of lovers - had been principally arranged and recorded by Prince Douglas, the year before.
Dennis Brown - "Blessed Are The Men (The Pill)" (6:33)
Junior Delgado - "Cry, Cry" (6:32)
Review: The influence of The Crown Prince of Reggae, as Bob Marley used to call him, still looms large over the genre 20 years after he passed. The latest reminder of his considerable talent comes from this gem Dennis made with Jux produced by Niney in 1977. "Blessed Are The Men (The Pill)" is unusually long for a dub track at over six minutes, but it sinks you into it throughout via the cuddly groove, sliding snares, hanging guitar twangs and buttery vocals. Flip over for Junior Delgado's "Cry, Cry", an impassioned anthem with plenty of blazing potential.
Review: Jabesh and I David combine to great effect here for a selection of dubs that fuse the old with the new. There are classic guitars and drums on title track "Hold A Meditation" but the broad, smeared synth bass adds some contemporary cool that makes it suitable for a range of different settings. The "Dub" version has lush wet claps and mesmeric filter work before a tooting top line on "Rocktone Melody" gets you in a different state of trance. Closer "Rock To The Dub" sees I David show off his mastery of the studio buttons and rounds out a solid 7".
Family Man & Youth Professional - "Southern Version" (version) (3:51)
Review: More than 40 years after its initial release, Afrik revisit the blissed out reggae of Melford Jackson's one and only hit, "Southern Africa". At its heart is some fantastic chord work, which trills and shimmers above the rumbling drums and jangling little guitar riffs. The flip finds Jamaican reggae bass player Family Man link with Youth Professional Band for the enchantingly aimless and wandering "Southern Version", in which it is so easy, and so enjoyable, to get lost in on a lazy afternoon.
Review: 'All Depends On You' is an intimate eight-and-a-half-minutes of yearning and pleading, generously dosed with the vocal styling's of the original Night Nurse himself. 'I Put My Trust' swaps religious for amorous devotion: musically it is more characteristically Wackies, reverberating but as crisp as a biscuit, stepping but spaced-out. Neither track appears on the LP.