|Various Artists / Henry "Junjo" Lawes - Volcano Eruption|
|Album:||Henry "Junjo" Lawes - Volcano Eruption||Collection:||Reggae|
|Add Date:||2010-05-02||Pull Date:||2010-07-04||Charts:||Reggae/World|
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New World Disorder
Henry Junjo Lawes – Volcano Eruption|
Reviewed by Sadie O., 4/28/10
Roots Rock Reggae meets early dancehall. Junjo was a sound-system style producer when the sound system was really taking off (early 80’s). Unlike the electronic trend that Dancehall followed later, he used a great studio band (Roots Radics) for his riddims, giving them a lot of richness. The first CD is singers, the second is toasters. Everything is redolent of the sound system dance vibe, which is great. We used to call it a rub-a-dub stylee, and it got a lot of people pregnant, me a tell de I…
No overt FCCs detected. It’s all well worth playing. Check CD 2, track 6.
1. 3:35 ***midtempo one-drop, strictly nice up de dance.
2. 3:09 **pretty, relaxed skank with melodica, sweet vocals (apparently before Levy developed his distinctive vocalizations.)
3. 3:22 ***downtempo rub-a-dub stylee boasting from the ultimate ladies man.
4. 4:26 ***downtempo stepping razor skank, great music.
5. 3:31 ***downtempo one-drop with shaker impersonating helicopter, sad story about herb hunters.
6. 3:20 **downtempo, very sweet vocals from a one-time leader of Black Uhuru. Alarming bits of syndrum.
7. 6:06 ***downtempo dub with rain forest sounds, strange vocals. Inscrutable and stoned as hell. Includes excellent dub version.
8. 4:14 **jaunty little skank, light and pretty, hyper-vibrotoed vocals.
9. 3:26 **downtempo bubble, perfectly off-key vocals.
10. 3:06 ****swingy boppy, dubby groove, pretty vocals from a great singer who died much too young.
11. 3:18 **I’m sure these lyrics are not intended to be this funny… Nice skank.
12. 3:17 ***adorable keyboard line – sounds like “Spanish Harlem”, sweet bubble. Basically, the message is that there are plenty of girls to go around…
13. 4:11 ****classic number, slow one-drop with great vocal harmonies.
14. 3:36 *****Oh my! Talking drum, 3 blind mice, and yodeling! Fabulous!
15. 4:53 ***jaunty, upbeat, midtempo bubble. Includes space age dub.
16. 3:15 ****a bit of Norwegian Wood, then midtempo harmonies in praise of a name for pot I’d actually never heard before…
17. 2:56 **sweet, cleanly produced rub-a-dub.
18. 3:34 ***familiar midtempo riddim with little in the way of chord changes, sweet singing.
19. 3:08 **midtempo bubble, amusing boasting, some falsetto vocals.
20. 6:46 ***downtempo, sweet harmonies, sad song. Includes bizarre version.
1. 4:21 ***toast intro, same riddim as CD 1 track 13, very steady toasting, random subject matter. Sound System dance noises.
2. 3:06 ***same riddim, dem bones toast, dubby.
3. 3:36 ***chuckle, then midtempo dubby one-drop, echo-laden vocals. Big hit for Yellowman.
4. 3:37 **midtempo skank, goofy toast (apparently about Hula Hoops?).
5. 3:37 **midtempo simple 4/4 skank, incrutable toast until he gets to the quickie Bible stories.
6. 5:33 ************Eeek at his eekiest. Yay! Includes dub version with lots of horns.
7. 6:00 ****nutty vocal interchange intro, then very slow skank, crazy toast duet about “duppies” (ghosts) – wild stuff, big hit. Includes dubby version with lots of syndrum and spooky noises.
8. 3:12 ***midtempo bubble, nice toast about fish.
9. 3:03 **dubby downtempo skank with horns, sweet-voiced toast.
10. 3:25 ***midtempo bubble, toast about pot. Gets pretty seriously nutted.
11. 4:40 ***rather downtempo skank, fairly straightforward sound system dance-style toast.
12. 3:53 ****Eeek’s massive cross-over hit, a bit downtempo, sweet love song delivered in inimitable style.
13. 3:53 *****classic early dancehall – two toasters in unison, lots of goofy dancehall vocalization, almost completely inscrutable lyrics.
14. 3:36 ****same riddim as track 1, and CD 1 track 13, extremely odd lyrics (if you wear jewelry, it seems, you are asking to get elephantitis…)
15. 3:20 **midtempo bubble, competent enough toast.
16. 3:01 ***jaunty midtempo dubby skank, slightly odd toast.
17. 4:48 ****gotta love the song title! A Yellowman classic.
18. 4:01 ****Aw, a little kid toasting! Actually, he sounds a little scary. Nice dubby midtempo skank. Includes a bit of dub.
19. 3:21 ****Aw, a chick toasting! She sounds a bit hoarse, but she can hold her own with the boys. Very dubby one-drop.
20. 5:55 ****wonky noises intro, slow, dubby one-drop with bits of singing between classic sound system toast. Bit of talk, then a couple of minutes of actual sound system sound, rather fu