Essential Reggae is a collection of classic reggae tracks from the biggest names of the genre. With 40 years of top tunes, classic hits from Desmond Dekker, Toots & the Maytals, Black Uhuru, the Paragons, Sly & Robbie, Freddie McGregor, Tippa Irie and Sugar Minott combine with huge carnival anthems from Beenie Man, Barrington Levy, Tenor Saw, Sean Kingston, Yellowman, Mr Vegas and Sean Paul to create a two disc package brimful with pure Jamaican soul. (ministryofsound.com)
Early Plague Years combines Thinking Plague's first two albums on one CD. Moonsongs was a 1986 cassette released the next year on LP by Dead Man's Curve. …A Thinking Plague was first released on LP in 1984, then on cassette in 1986. Both were long out of print and impossible to find. The remastering is fabulous, giving these albums a sound far superior to what they ever had. Due to time limitations, a few edits had to be done. "Warheads" misses four bars toward the end, the improv "Collarless Fog That One Day Soon" fades out two minutes earlier, and the percussion section on "Moonsongs" has been shortened a bit. Nothing dramatic and all seamless, but one can't help but wonder why Cuneiform put the second album first on the CD. Fans of Thinking Plague and of American avant-prog bands like the Motor Totemist Guild, U Totem, and 5uu's will be delighted..
were the first British black group to achieve consistent success over a number of years, deservedly so based on the quality and variety of the R&B music that they recorded. The star of the group was lead singer , who also wrote or co-wrote many of their songs. They had thirty original hits on the UK charts between 1970 and 1984, plus a further two 1987 hits via re-mixes.