Sugar Minott – Black Roots (1980)

Sugar Minott - Black Roots (1980)
“Recorded for Island’s Mango label in 1979, Black Roots is among Sugar Minott’s earlier solo efforts and is also among the best albums that the Jamaican singer ever recorded. Black Roots isn’t an album to acquire if you’re looking for slickness; Minott favors simplicity throughout this LP, which often recalls the northern soul and sweet soul of the ’60s. If you combined Stax’s raw production style with the type of sweetness that characterized a lot of Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia soul and added a reggae beat, the outcome might sound something like Black Roots. You’d also have to add Rasta-oriented lyrics because most of Black Roots reflects Minott’s Rastafarian beliefs and is extremely sociopolitical — this is true of the single ‘Hard Time Pressure,’ as well as ‘Mr. Babylon Man,’ ‘Oppressors Oppression,’ ‘River Jordan,’ and the title song. Minott went on to record many more albums in the ’80s and ’90s, but he never sounded better than he does on Black Roots.”
allmusic

Black Roots is a 1979 album by Sugar Minott. It was the first to appear on Minott’s Black Roots label, and was described in the book Reggae: 100 Essential CDs – The Rough Guide as a ‘classic, which catches the singer on the cusp of the roots and dancehall phases, and with total control over his music.’ The album includes contributions from some of Jamaica’s top session musicians including Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Noel ‘Scully’ Simms, Eric ‘Bingy Bunny’ Lamont, Gladstone Anderson and Ansell Collins, with harmony vocals provided by Don Carlos, Lacksley Castell and Ashanti Waugh. …”
Wikipedia

YouTube: Mankind, Hard Time Pressure, River Jordan, Jail House, I’m Gonna Hold On, Oppressors Oppression, Two Time Loser, Black Roots, Clean Runnings, Mr Babylon Man

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