Various Artists – Reggae In High-Fi (2003) [Audio Fidelity SACD #AFZ-014]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:27 minutes | Scans included | 2,83 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,33 GB
Audio Fidelity SACD #AFZ-008 | Remastered for SACD by Steve Hoffman
Reggae In High-Fi contains 15 jammin’ selections… the cream of two decades from RAS Records. RAS Records is considered the pre-eminent Reggae label today. These are the real authentic sounds and superstars of Reggae. Some of the featured artists include Black Uhuru, who was the winner of the very first Grammy for Reggae, Yellowman, who rose to superstardom as the notorious “toaster”, Israel Vibration, one of the biggest groups in Reggae today, as well as Jacob Miller, Freddie McGregor and Gregory Isaacs… all superstars and all perennial chart-toppers and more.
Some listeners love to load up their iPod or CD player and hit the random button, delighting in the juxtaposition of songs and styles that burst forth in startling sequence. Others find that extremely annoying, preferring a smooth switch in sounds and gentler progression of styles that create a sumptuous coherent set. Those latter will find this compilation irritating to say the least, as it leapfrogs across the reggae spectrum, heedless of decades, subgenres or styling. Load it up, hit random, and I’ll guarantee the result will be better sequenced. That said, there’s no arguing with the quality of the 15 tracks nor with the star appeal of all the artists featured within. The songs are all licensed from RAS Records, the American label so instrumental in seeing roots reggae and culture through the lean years of the ’80s and beyond, a musical propensity the company maintains to this day. But that isn’t to suggest this is a roots comp, although two masterpieces from Peter Broggs and Jacob Miller certainly fit that category. Even the culture icons had to move with the times, and there’s a dancehall-lite vibe to the majority of the music here, which on occasion moves straight into ragga territory. Considering both the label’s and the artists’ reputations, it’s surprising, however, that the messages mostly revolve around mashing up the dancefloor, with the DJs inevitably delivering up the most massively pleasing numbers. Regardless, with such artists as Black Uhuru, Israel Vibration, and Gregory Isaacs on board, this set truly nices up the dancehall. Magnificent music, but an odd selection nonetheless.
01. Peter Broggs – Jah Jah Voice Is Calling
02. Jacob Miller – 80000 Careless Ethiopians
03. Freddie McGregor – Push Comes To Shove
04. Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee
05. Culture – Youthman Move
06. Black Uhuru – Great Train Robbery
07. Israel Vibration – Cool And Calm
08. Israel Vibration – Highway Robbery
09. Don Carlos – Spring Heel Skanking
10. Gregory Isaacs – Pride And Dignity
11. Blood Fire Posse – Every Posse Get Flat
12. Sanchez & Flourgon – Place Mash Up
13. Yellowman – Reggae On The Move
14. Yellowman And Mad Professor – Wild Wild West
15. Eek-A-Mouse – Oh Me Oh My
Remastered for SACD Mastering by Steve Hoffman at Kevin’s AcousTech Mastering, Camarillo, CA.