Reggae Anthology: Henry "Junjo" Lawes-Volcano Eruption

Henry "Junjo" Lawes

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Reggae Anthology: Henry "Junjo" Lawes-Volcano Eruption Review

by Rick Anderson

Over the past several years, the brilliant 17 North Parade label (an imprint of VP Records) has been picking up where boutique reissue labels like Motion Records and the lamented Blood & Fire left off, documenting reggae music's classical period in the 1970s and the transition from roots to dancehall styles that took place during the 1980s. Producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes was one of several producers who helped to usher in that transition, guiding roots masters like Wayne Jarrett, the Wailing Souls, and the young Hugh Mundell into the new era while simultaneously fostering the careers of emerging dancehall artists like Cocoa Tea, Barrington Levy, and the exciting (but ultimately commercially doomed) teenage toaster Billy Boyo. This excellent two-disc set (one disc for singers, the other for DJs) offers an overview of some of the strongest material from Junjo's vault: stone classics like Barrington Levy's "Prison Oval Rock" and Yellowman's effortlessly propulsive "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt" and "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng," Tony Tuff's brilliant "Come Fi Mash It" (on the "Three Blind Mice" rhythm), and the wonderful craziness of Eek-A-Mouse's "Anarexol." There are a few disappointments -- Junior Reid's singing is uncharacteristically weak on "Lover's Affair," and John Holt's rendition of the classic "Love I Can Feel" is curiously anemic -- but overall this is a fantastic introduction to one of reggae music's most fertile periods and greatest studio talents. [The package also includes a bonus DVD documentary.]

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Frankie Paul 03:35 SpotifyAmazon
2 Barrington Levy 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
3 Leroy Smart 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
4 Michael Prophet 04:26 SpotifyAmazon
5 John Holt 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
6 Don Carlos 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
7 Barry Brown 06:05 SpotifyAmazon
8 Wayne Jarrett 04:14 SpotifyAmazon
9 Junior Reid 03:25 SpotifyAmazon
10 Hugh Mundell 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
11 Johnny Osbourne 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
12 Barrington Levy 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Wailing Souls 04:10 SpotifyAmazon
14 Tony Tuff 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
15 Little John 04:52 SpotifyAmazon
16 Frankie Paul 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
17 John Holt 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
18 Cocoa Tea 03:33 SpotifyAmazon
19 Linval Thompson 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
20 Al Campbell 06:46 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ringo 04:20 SpotifyAmazon
2 Nicodemus 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
3 Yellowman 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
4 Josey Wales 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
5 Early B 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
6 Eek-A-Mouse 05:33 SpotifyAmazon
7 Clint Eastwood / General Saint 05:59 SpotifyAmazon
8 Captain Sinbad 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
9 Lee VanCliff 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
10 Charlie Chaplin 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
11 Ranking Trevor 04:39 SpotifyAmazon
12 Eek-A-Mouse 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
13 Clint Eastwood / General Saint 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
14 Michigan / Smiley 03:35 SpotifyAmazon
15 Toyan 03:19 SpotifyAmazon
16 Josey Wales 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
17 Yellowman 04:00 SpotifyAmazon
18 Billy Boyo 04:48 SpotifyAmazon
19 Sister Nancy 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
20 Toyan 05:54 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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