In 1989, the Link label released The Legendary Judge Dread, Vol. 1 and The Legendary Judge Dread, Vol. 2, (later reissued as the two-fer Legendary Judge Dread on Recall in 2001) with 14 tracks apiece that bundled together some of the magistrate's hits, albums tracks, and rarities. Scattered across these two sets were ten songs culled from Dread's 1980 Reggae & Ska and 1981's Rub a Dub albums. The latter set went by virtually unnoticed, the former was released initially in Germany, then picked up the following year in France, but remained import only elsewhere until the new millennium. With the addition of the equally hard to find 1973 non-charting single "Molly," the Legendary Judge Dread comps were a collector's dream. Unfortunately, And Also Shall Ye Be Judged did not bring together these two volumes in their entireties, omitting five of the original set's tracks. Gone are "Fatty Dread," "Dread's Law" and "Take It Easy," although since those three could all be found on Dread's Last of the Skinheads album, their omission was no great loss. "Reggae & Ska" and "Lovers Rock," however, were a greater loss. Regardless, with the Legendary compilations as difficult to locate as Dread's two early-'80s sets, it's understandable why many collectors plunked down their cash for this, only to be left gnashing their teeth when, three years later, both Legendary albums were brought together on Recall's two-CD set. That reissue made this compilation totally redundant.
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AllMusic Review by Jo-Ann Greene