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This is a interesting example of a published agit disco CD.  The selection  is by reggae enthusiast Roger Steffens, who is a Vietnam veteran and ex hippie. He brings Jamaican reggae together with reggae versions of classic North American protest songs, specially recorded for this album. This actually makes for a refreshing mix, for me at least. Buffy St Marie’s ‘Universal Soldier’ a hit for Donovan is here sung by Yvad, with a production by Doctor Dread. It always surprises me emotionally by evoking memories of my Dad, who was a Mosquito pilot in WW2. Bushman’s version of Lennon’s ‘Working Class Hero’ is another good collaboration, as is ‘Eve of Destruction’ sung by Luciano. Trojan (2005)

This is complex and thoughtful cultural mix. And it rocks!

Here’s the playlist:

1. Eve of Destruction – Luciano
2. One Blood – Junior Reid
3. Putting up a Resistance – Beres Hammond
4. Get up, Stand Up – Peter Tosh
5. For What It’s Worth – Freddie McGregor
6. Solidarity – Black Uhuru
7. Working Class Hero – Bushman
8. Ring the Alarm – Tenor Saw
9. Universal Soldier, The – Yvad
10. 1865 (96 in the Shade) – Third World
11. Revolution – Dennis Brown
12. Soul Rebel – Bob Marley & The Wailers
13. Blowin’ in the Wind – Don Carlos
14. Africa Must Be Free by 1983 – Hugh Mundell
15. Same Song, The – Israel Vibration
16. Better Must Come – Delroy Wilson
17. Greetings – Half Pint
18. No More Weapons – Steel Pulse


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