Front Line Label

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Album Review by Nigel A. Messenger

The Front Line Label was Virgin Records first entry into Reggae music and was established in the summer of 1975. Over the next few years the label released over 40 original artist albums. EMI are now re-releasing this reggae collection (all individual releases) packaged with either 8 or 12 page booklets and the albums feature new artwork with sleeve notes on each artist.

Gladiators – Dreadlocks The Time Is Now

The Mighty Diamonds – Go Seek Your Rights

U-Roy – Version Of Wisdom

Gregory Isaacs – Once Ago

Prince Far I – Black Man Land

Various Artists – Beyond The Front Line

U-Roy – Dread In A Babylon

Twinkle Brothers – Free Africa

Poet and The Roots – Dread Beat An’ Blood

Abyssinians – Arise

Culture – Too Long In Slavery

Various Artists – Natty Rebel Roots

Johnny Clarke – Authorised Rockers

I Roy – Crisus Time (Extra Version)

U-Roy – Rasta Ambassador

U-Roy – Natty Rebel – Extra Version

Sly Dunbar – Sly, Wicked And Slick (Extra Version)

Prince Far I – Dubwise

U-Roy – Original DJ

Gregory Isaacs – Mr Love

Keith Hudson – Too Expensive

Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking

Tapper Zukie – The Best Of The Front Line Years +

Burning Spear – Best Of The Fittest

Matumbi – Empire Road

UB40 – Signing Off

UB40 Present Arms / Present Arms In Dub

UB40 – UB40 Present The Dancehall Album

UB40 – UB40 Present The Fathers Of Reggae

Jimmy Cliff – The EMI Years – 1973- 1975

Peter Tosh – The Best Of Peter Tosh 1978-1987 ++

Horace Andy – Skylarking

Alpha Blondy and the Wailers – Jerusalem

Various Artists – Social Classics Volume 2: Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown – The Soundtrack

To London’s Legendary Roxy Club December ’76 – April ’77 Selected By DJ Don Letts ++

Maxi Priest The Best Of Me

+New Best Of

++Re-sleeved for series

All other albums fully re-packaged.