Various Artists

Strictly Roots

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Strictly Roots is an unusual compilation in that it has plenty of classic Jamaican roots reggae hits but, with the exception of the Mighty Diamonds' "The Right Time" and perhaps U-Roy's "Wear You to the Ball" (which was a hit version of the Paragons' own earlier hit version), the interpretations of these songs are done by artists not usually associated with the song. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, because the renditions here are solid, especially the Gladiators' wonderful Wailers imitation on "Soul Rebel," but it does make you want to hear the originals that much more.

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