This is one of a handful of Trojan samplers covering rocksteady and early reggae favorites. And while it's not quite as impressive as the first two discs in the series, 20 Reggae Classics, Vol. 3 still boasts a hefty mix of standout vocal, DJ, and instrumental sides. This time out the focus is definitely on solo and harmony vocal cuts, like Ken Boothe's "Everything I Own," Delroy Wilson's "Better Must Come," and the Wailers' "Mr. Brown." Other highlights include Hopetown Lewis' infectious Jamaican Song Festival winner, "Boom Shacka Lacka," Big Youth's DJ version of "Hit the Road Jack," and a pair of top-notch Derrick Harriott numbers, including a go at the future Rod Stewart hit "Some Guys Have All the Luck." And with additional booty from Peter Tosh, the Upsetters, the Paragons, and Nicky Thomas, not to mention the guiding touch of producers like Joe Gibbs, Duke Reid, and Lloyd Charmers, 20 Reggae Classics, Vol. 3 ranks with other quality documents of the music's vintage years.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook