Althea and Donna dropped the single "Uptown Top Ranking" in 1977, and it immediately became one of those songs that took over the reggae world, forever a classic. For such a popular tune, this is ridiculously hard to find on 7" and LP, so here you go. Of course nothing on the album can match the appeal of the title track, but it is filled with sweet lyrics over clean riddims from Dynamic and Sly + Robbie. Altogether a good vibe. They sound best when they keep with the Michigan and Smiley sing-jay style on cuts like "Make A Truce" (plus a great bass inro from Robbie). The rest gets a bit flat sometimes, but shit this is worth it for the title track and cover alone. Also includes "No More Fighting," "Jah Rastafari," "Oh Dread" and more.
- 1978 reggae classic, first time on vinyl in 20+ years
- black vinyl pressing
- original release year: 1978
- music label: Survival Research 2022
reviewed by the mgmnt 10/2011