THE VOLCANO ERUPTION
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1993
Sonic Sounds is a Kingston and Miami-based record company which has been
releasing "bargain" CDs for the past few years now, with "The Volcano Eruption" being
no exception. Containing 20 tracks and clocking in at 68 1/2 minutes, this disc is certain to
rock you - Jamaican style - from start to finish.
The majority of these tracks were recorded in the early 80's at the Dynamic Sounds
and Channel One studios and feature the Roots Radics. The sound is vintage reggae with
captivating two-chord rhythm guitar, lots of reverb and echo, pumping bass and timeless
production by Henry "Junjo" Lawes.
Reggae music is perhaps the coolest music ever, and most of these tunes support
that claim. Just check out the classic tracks by Junior Reid, Hugh Mundell, John Holt,
Cocoa Tea, Leroy Smart, Michael Prophet and Sister Nancy.
Problems do exist, though: abrupt song endings, a few uneven recording levels and
some mispellings concerning the credits. But all in all, "The Volcano Eruption" is highly
recommended and guaranteed to blow you away.
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