Bob Marley on CD good value
By JOHN OWEN
The Lee Perry Sessions, Bob Marley and the Wailers (Charley Reggae); Present The Punishers, Sly and Robbie (Mango); Rough and Ready Volume Two, Shabba (Mango) AFTER its Christmas over-indulgence, the record industry plods through the first few weeks of January with few inspiring releases. There is light on the horizon, though, as we approach Chinese New Year with a host of reggae and ska releases.
Heading the list is a Bob Marley and The Wailers' re-release, The Lee Perry Sessions, which includes This Is my country, Man To Man, Love Light Shining and Dreamland, and quite a few more.
It is pretty good value, with 20 tracks of raw Marley in his heyday.
Sly and Robbie depart from the deep dub that made them everybody's friend in the late 70s and 80s to bring a refreshing new approach to their art.
Present The Punishers puts the maestros of drum and bass into ragga territory. This is no purist exercise; just two great technicians exposing ragga's erogenous zones and turning it full on.
The self-styled sex god of Ragga, Shabba Ranks, releases Rough And Ready Two.
When you boast of being the best disc jockey in the business in just about every other line of your lyrics, it helps if you are - Shabba is the man. Re-mixes of some of his finest originals boast the indulgence of Marley Marl, Bobby Digital, David Morales, Bobby Digital and Specialist.
This is worth getting, if only for the new version of his monster hit Respect.
Madness have released a retrospective which must surely be the last they can possibly get away with.
Still, they are to be congratulated because The Business is certainly no blandly packaged ''Best of . . .'' CD.
It has all the hits you would expect, everything they ever did on singles.