Real Authentic Reggae volume 2 contains a glorious collection of carefully chosen recordings by reggae afficianado David Rodigan. Recent hits from 2008 such as Luciano’s Deliver Us From All Evil, Macca B’s Empress Divine and Junior Kelly’s Cyaan Reach are included, whilst the heart of the album contains magnificent soulful recordings from the studios of western Kingston in the decade of the 1970s.
The opening trail blazer by King Tubby (the dub creator) sets the scene for a broad collection of songs that touch on affairs of the heart…(My Confession – Cornell Campbell, Submission by the Melodians, Never Too Young by Sugar Minott and Do You Love Me by Jonny Clark) and songs of social living (What is Man – Delroy Wilson, Billy Red – Wayne Wade, Let’s Dub it Up – Leo Hall).
Rastafarianism had a major impact on the development of reggae music and songs such as Joy Within My Heart by Fred Locks and Deh Pon De Wicked by Brent Dow reflect this powerful force.
Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, the kings of Jamaican drum and bass, are represented by two of their ace productions from the 1980s (Oh What a Feeling – Gregory Isaacs and Heart made of Stone by the Vice Roys).
Two very rare instrumental recordings are included on this album both produced by Gussie Clark namely Schenectaday’s Shock featuring the ace Jamaican saxophonist Tommy McCook and No Entry, a haunting melodica piece from Augustus Pablo.
– David Rodigan, 2009