Henry “Junjo” Lawes- “Volcano Eruption: Reggae Anthology”

Album Reviews | By on Feb 15th, 2010

Record Label: VP Records
Genre: Reggae/Dancehall

As one of the most influential producers in the Reggae/Dancehall scene, Henry “Junjo” Lawes helped lead the way for how the industry stands today. Lawes brought Deejays and Singers together, and molded reggae music into something different and unique. Celebrating his success is a 2 disc CD set featuring some of his best work, and an added bonus is a DVD documentary on the history of the Volcano label and a look back at some sessions from the 80s.

This Reggae Anthology for the Volcano label features over 40 tracks of music and from a slew of some of Reggae’s finest including Barrington Levy, John Holt, Don Carlos, Wailing Souls, Yellowman and Eek-a-Mouse to name a few. Disc one is strictly dedicated to the Volcano Singers and Disc Two features all the Deejays. I found myself enjoying Disc 1 more so than Disc 2 but I always have preferred the Singers more than the Deejays. It’s impressive that the relationships established back in the day forged by Volcano, helped solidify a stronger Reggae community and has helped other genres emerge, including Dancehall, Soca, and Hip Hop.

Bottom Line: “Volcano Eruption” is a great look back at how Reggae once was with many outstanding hits.
Notable Tracks: Prison Oval Rock, Police in Helicopter, Fire house Rock, Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt
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