Sugar Minott The Roots Lover: 1978-1983
- Words: Tomas Palermo
- Label: Moll-Selekta
Lincoln "Sugar" Minott began his career in 1970 with the African Brothers in Western Kingston, Jamaica, before going solo in ‘76. He immediately found success with both his plaintive "sufferers" roots reggae as well as chocolate-coated lover‘s rock numbers. Hence The Roots Lover: 1978-1983 is an apt title for this double-disc reissue set, which provides a discerning look at both of Minott‘s styles with each of the out-of-print single and album tracks presented "showcase" stylee (a vocal followed by a dub version). Tracks like "No Vacancy" will please ‘80s rub-a-dub fans, as will "Dance Hall Style," which rides the Heavenless riddim. And with remastering and restoration by Moritz von Oswald (Basic Channel), the mournful "In A Dis Ya Time" and "Thirty Pieces of Silver" are as clear as the original takes.
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