Every so often a cratedigger hits the mother lode. Two days ago, such a cache was discovered, one which, I believe, came from a single collector. I ended up buying some 15 Lps and 12″ singles for a pound a piece and another half-dozen 7″ at 50p , mostly UK press Island Records product, all in really good shape. Over the last couple days, I’ve had a chance to listen, but, given the sheer volume of music, I will limit my comment. I JAH MAN – Haile I Hymn (Chapter 1) (ILPS 9521) (1978) — An atypical reggae album featuring four extended cuts, not originals and their dubs, but very long, hypnotic songs, full of the melismas heard in Middle Eastern music.JUNIOR MURVIN – Police & Thieves (ILPS 9499) (1977) — C-L-A-S-S-I-C Black Ark production, chocka with big, big chunes.
RICO – The Man From Wareika (ILPS 9485) (1978) — Jazzy Reggae from JA legend/Specials satellite, originally issued on Blue Note in the US.BURNING SPEAR – Garvey’s Ghost (ISLP 9382) (1976) – Super tuff dub (rejigged at Island Studios in Hammersmith) companion to BS’ Marcus Garvey album.