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This Is The Front Line


Various


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  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Know yourself mankind The Gladiators MP3 sample
  2   Prophesy a fulfilled Johnny Clarke  
  3   Natty Never Get Weary Culture MP3 sample
  4   Right Time Mighty Diamonds  
  5   Zion Delroy Washington MP3 sample
  6   Uptown Top Ranking Althea and Donna  
  7   Native Woman Gregory Isaacs MP3 sample
  8   This land is for everyone Abyssinians  
  9   Civilisation Keith Hudson MP3 sample
  10   Jordan River I Roy  
  11   Commandment of drugs Prince Far I MP3 sample
  12   Five nights of bleeding Poet and the Roots (I.KJ)  
  13   Natty Rebel U Roy MP3 sample
  14   Oh Lord! Tapper Zukie  
  15   Isaiah - First prophet of old Big Youth MP3 sample
  16   Rub a dub style Ranking trevor  
  17   Rasta Fiesta Sly Dunbar MP3 sample
  18   Distant drum dub Twinkle Brothers  
  19   Rood top dub Well Charged MP3 sample


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Like Island Records' Chris Blackwell before him, entrepreneurial UK record label head Richard Branson was quick to capitalise on the seemingly bottomless barrel of talent exploding out of Jamaica's reggae scene in the mid '70s, with his Virgin Front Line imprint investing heavily in the prime movers of the time and producing some classic reggae moments as a result. Three bargain Front Line Sampler albums (selling for the same price a 7' single) introduced many new fans to the label's broad roster which included superstar singers Gregory Isaacs and Johnny Clarke, vocal groups The Mighty Diamonds and The Abyssinians, loud mouthed deejays U Roy and Big Youth, and introduced UK artists like dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. With reggae music currently as popular as ever (especially here in New Zealand), this timely revival of the Front Line Sampler series is a welcome reminder of Virgin's contribution to reggae in its heyday, and the 19 tracks on offer merely scratch the surface of an extensive back catalogue from which a good number of albums have also been reissued in recent years.

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Artist: Various
Album: This Is The Front Line
Cat #: 8122642
Date: 03/07/2002
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 0
Label: Virgin
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 days
Genres: Reggae/Roots/Dub
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