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The Record Shop

Debut album

Born Again, Ziggy Soul.

The former secular singer from "Rema" Trench Town, who is now a member of the Church on the Rock, has released his debut album on Glory Music.

The album features songs like: Born Again, Because He Lives, Eyes Have Not Seen and Virtuous Woman.

It was produced by Noel Browne and Tommy Cowan.

A cultural affair

Newton Merritt, who has a long history promoting and marketing reggae acts from Jimmy Cliff to Ini Kamoze, has released a new compilation album, Medicine I (Tripple R).

The album has come out of a series of shows which Tripple R has spearheaded over the last few years taking cultural reggae/dancehall music to the rural audiences.

It features several very encouraging acts who have been consistently cultural in their music, including Yami Bolo, Jah Mason, Uton Green, Sugar Minott, Mark Wonder, Pinchers, Kulcha Knox, Chrisinti, Kenneth Kulcha, Bobo David/Bobo Desert, Chesidek and Spectacular.

One interesting note about this album is that it features three reggae veterans who have suffered from drug abuse - Junior Byles, Barry Brown and Glen Rics - as well.

New releases

Studio One has released some great new instrumental CDs, including:

Something Special, Ska Shots, featuring the saxophone of Roland Alphanso with both the Skatalites and the Soul Brothers in a vintage Studio One format.

Songs include: Four Corners (AKA Four Corners of the World), From Russia With Love, Jack Ruby, El Pussy Cat Ska, James Bond, Something Special and Maria Elena.

Jackie Mittoo's Macka Fat, featuring the late, great keyboard player doing songs like:Fancy Pants, Ghetto Organ, Henry The Great, Lazy Bones and a number of other not so well known songs from his repertoire.

Heritage's first live album

VP Records has just released Morgan Heritage's Live! In Europe album.

This is said to be the first live album they did and was recorded at AB, located in Brussels, Belgium. It features them doing tracks from their albums Protect Us Jah and One Calling, produced by Bobby Digital and King Jammy, respectively.

There are 14 tracks on the CD, including Reggae Bring Back Love, Don't Haffi Dread and Speech from their father, Denroy Morgan.


Hot off the press from Richard "Shams" Browne's B-Rich label are the following singles on the Orgasm label:

Ginseng, T.O.K., Yu No Beg, Hawkeye, No Flex One Gal, Mega Banton, Suzie, Tanto Metro/Devonte, Little Miss Buffett, Red Rat, Girls Time, Mr. Vegas, Crazy, Monster Shack, Gal Dem Boss, Jack-a-Diamond, Nah Support Dem, Chico, Truth Hurts, Elephant Man and Full 100, Mr. Lex.

These songs are distributed by In The Street.

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