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Various Artists Every Mouth Must Be Fed: 1973-1976

As every true reggae aficionado knows, the early-to-mid ’70s were a magical time for the genre. The rockers style was at its peak, and analog fullness hadn’t yet been overtaken by digital minimalism. Every Mouth Must Be Fed adds to the already-considerable yield of quality reissues from this goldmine period. Evenly balanced between deejay, singer, and dubwise selections, this 20-track bag of rarities distilled from the catalog of obscure but crucial JA label Micron Music offers ’nuff natural vibes for the roots purist. Even without any recognizable hits, the classic material from the likes of U Roy, Tommy McCook, Jah Stitch, and Junior Byles rests on a solid foundation, holding firm three decades after the fact.

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