Reggae Sunsplash Live
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1993.
With St. Louis' version of Reggae Sunsplash just around
the corner, this timely release from MCA Records should help
to satisfy reggae fans until the June 26th event at
Riverport takes place.
The Sunsplash is a mind-boggling musical extravaganza
which occurs annually in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It's six days
of virtual non-stop reggae, featuring over 100 performers.
This disc showcases twelve of those artists and captures
some of last year's more memorable moments.
According to Roger Steffens' liner notes, the 1992
Sunsplash was extra special because it marked the 15th
anniversary of the festival itself, the 20th anniversary of
Jamaican Independence and the 100th birthday of former
Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie I.
Marcia Griffiths kicks off this exceptional sounding
live recording with the relentless "Feel Like Jumping," and
from that point on it's a well-balanced, 45 minute mix of
DJs and singers. The selections are well chosen, the
musicianship is tight and the transitions between songs are
smoother than smooth. There's even talk of two more
releases, one featuring each of the aforementioned styles.
Some personal favorites include "Got To Be A Better
Way" by the Mystic Revealers, as well as tunes from Beres Hammond,
Barrington Levy, Ed Robinson, Chaka Demus, and the
collaboration between Wayne Wonder and DJ Buju Banton.
There's some wicked reggae on this release. Listen to
the excitement, then check it out for yourself when Reggae
Sunsplash comes to town.
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