Black Roots (album)

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Black Roots
Studio album by Sugar Minott
Released 1979
Recorded Channel One Studios/King Tubby's, Kingston, Jamaica, 1979
Genre Reggae
Label Black Roots/Island-Mango
Producer Sugar Minott
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Black Roots is a 1979 album by Sugar Minott. It was the first to appear on Minott's Black Roots label, and was described in the book Reggae: 100 Essential CDs - The Rough Guide as a "classic, which catches the singer on the cusp of the roots and dancehall phases, and with total control over his music."[1] The album includes contributions from some of Jamaica's top session musicians including Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Noel "Scully" Simms, Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont, Gladstone Anderson and Ansell Collins, with harmony vocals provided by Don Carlos, Lacksley Castell and Ashanti Waugh.[1] Two of the tracks on the album had previously been issued as singles - "Hard Time Pressure" and "River Jordan".[1] The album was described by Dave Thompson in his book Reggae & Caribbean Music as a "deeply dread collection...time has bestowed a stately uniqueness to it".[2] Alex Henderson, writing for Allmusic, said of the album: "If you combined Stax's raw production style with the type of sweetness that characterized a lot of Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia soul and added a reggae beat, the outcome might sound something like Black Roots."[3]

Release history[edit]

The album was first issued in limited quantities in Jamaica on Minott's Black Roots label in 1979. It was issued in the United Kingdom on the Island Records subsidiary, Mango, in 1980, and also on the Gorgon label.[4] It was issued on compact disc in 1990 by Mango Records.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Sugar Minott except were noted

  1. "Mankind" – 2:17
  2. "Hard Time Pressure" – 3:24
  3. "River Jordan" – 3:10
  4. "Jail House" – 2:15
  5. "I'm Gonna Hold On" – 2:38
  6. "Oppressors Oppression" – 3:49
  7. "2 Time Loser" – 3:07
  8. "Black Roots" – 2:31
  9. "Clean Runnings" – 3:02
  10. "Mr. Babylon Man" (Minott, Morris) – 2:48



  1. ^ a b c Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (1999) Reggae: 100 Essential CDs - The Rough Guide, Rough Guides, ISBN 1-85828-567-4, p.111-112
  2. ^ Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, p.191
  3. ^ Henderson, Alex "Black Roots Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ Black Roots, Roots Archives