Cool Rasta is essentially an updated DVD audio version of the Heptones' 1973 Book of Rules album, with the smooth and spooky "Cool Rasta" and "Dreadlock" added, along with a handful of rare dub mixes, all done in stellar 5.1 surround sound. The original sessions were produced by Harry Johnson (Harry J), and although some of these tracks now seem a little flat and uninspired, "Cool Rasta" and "Book of Rules," in particular, are standouts, ranking easily among the best numbers the Heptones ever recorded. There are two dub mixes of "Rules" included here (one is titled "Ganja"), and it is interesting to see the subtle changes that happen in these versions. The additional tracks fit remarkably well with the original cuts, making an interesting album even more so.
AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett
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