African Roots collects the majority of Lloyd Brevett's hits from the late '70s. Not only was he a member of the influential Skatalites, but Brevett was one of ska's major songwriters, and a number of artists -- including Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling and Tommy McCook -- made his songs into hits with the assistance of producers like Duke Reid and King Tubby. There hasn't been a compilation that chronicled all of his hit songs in this fashion, and African Roots, featuring all of his best-known and most popular songs, makes a strong case for his talents.
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AllMusic Review by Leo Stanley