Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

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Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby AT2JA » Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:28 am

Even though I quite enjoyed both of these gentlemen in Black Uhuru, I have only skimmed their solo works so far. That´s about to change.

Where to start folks? And which one of these fine vocalists do you prefer as a solo artist and....why????

Please discuss! :D
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby Baba Jonah » Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:43 am

Two great tunes to kick it off:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq5wXS0CVtg

classic Junior Reid!


and from Mykal this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSjBSeRW_18

Both singers smash it for me, hard to choose between them.
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby dan i dubdub » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:19 am

Both rock big time. Plenty to choose from coming from different producers - Jamaican, British, European, etc. For me Michael Rose probably has the edge, but only just and mainly because I think there is more material from him.
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby ice » Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:22 am

not strictly solo but imho Junior's best performances were on Voice of Progress "Mini Bus Driver"
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby guillaumebougard » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:28 am

With X Uhuru, which I had the privilege of releasing, Michael Rose settled this matter once and for all.

HOWEVER, Junior Reid had more commercial successes: One Blood, the collaboration with "This is why I'm Hot" and all the other rappers whose list is too long to mention....
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby asher selector » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:41 am

Biiig UP ...

I Love Both Voice , Slyle & Flow ...

In Solo I would Say Junior Reid is my Top a Top and Specialy Inna di Early end 80's early 90's ... Now , Today , I would Say Maybe Mykal Roze because in 2014' Junior Reid Voice is Far from the 80's 90's ...

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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby Ranking Glasses » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:44 am

It's a question of choice and personal preference and after listening to both of them for a very long time,I prefer Junior Reid although the quality of his lyrics and his voice can be inconsistent. 3 of the earliest roots tunes I acquired back in the day are "Born Free", Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "Observe Life" by Michael Rose but I don't like his raspy tones nowadays. Therefore, one LP which most people have never heard of doesn't settle anything and we are free to choose who we like the most.
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby guillaumebougard » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:26 pm

Ranking Glasses wrote:It's a question of choice and personal preference and after listening to both of them for a very long time,I prefer Junior Reid although the quality of his lyrics and his voice can be inconsistent. 3 of the earliest roots tunes I acquired back in the day are "Born Free", Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "Observe Life" by Michael Rose but I don't like his raspy tones nowadays. Therefore, one LP which most people have never heard of doesn't settle anything and we are free to choose who we like the most.


If someone hasn't heard the X Uhuru LP, get it. It is great. Im not saying this because I was the one to put it out, but because it truly is a great piece of work. I sold maybe 20,000 copies of it, so you ought to find a copy easily. If not, itunes has it in MP3, while qobuz and juno have it in wav or flac. The Jamaican mixes are also available on vinyl, and mp3, the title is Taxi Sessions
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby lankou » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:08 pm

MR without a second of hesitation:
JR has a fine album and a handful of great 7"s.
MR had a lengthy break after he left Black Uhuru but came back with a vengeance in the 90's, when he recorded several fine albums and HEAPS of killer singles. He recorded a little less afterwards but remained very consistent. Wouldn't say that of JR, whose best stuff was mostly released in the 80's. Never found the stuff he released on his JR Productions label too exciting either, for the most part.
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby jb welda » Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:54 am

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I have seen jr reid out Michael rose Michael rose, but still the uhuru man wins out.

some more obscure ones of merit:

mr mention
rude boy general
praise him
stalk of sinsemilla on full up riddim (startrail)
want more weed and anything on Cousins label for revive style
anything on twilight circus
living dangerous
artibella
yush
centenary
johnny lef it
tell me
observe life

lets not forget

junior reid & mykal rose: burning down rome/version (7") (j.r. production)

we shall overcome
and plenty more...I think jr reid has a hard time keeping up with such a track record. I find mykal roses output of singles to be about 70% good to great and 30% flop...

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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby dan i dubdub » Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:38 pm

not forgetting Jr Reid Chanting 12"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9ma9ng91RI
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby Ranking Glasses » Sat Jun 14, 2014 2:42 pm

Yes, but can Michael Rose do this?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pylLpXOtFY
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby monkeystyle » Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:19 am

Junior Reid, easily... but maybe I'm sleeping on MR. I'm surprised so many chose him over JR. I probably need to look up more of Michael Rose's work.
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Re: Michael Rose or Junior Reid - better solo material?

Postby lankou » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:26 pm

Though it's a matter of tastes, it's rather not "surprising". MR was better in BU and has remained so much more consistent than JR over the years. MR is the kind of artist who can improve a so so riddim by adding his vocals to it, not something JR is well-known for.
It seems that nowadays, the 90's are clearly a period neglected by many. It 'll take some more time before more people realise that it had much more versatility to offer than the current "early digi" sub-craze. In that period, MR released so many great and solid tunes for so many producers that counting them would take quite some time. To some extent, it almost led to an overdose! On the other hand, it wouldn't be to hard to count JR's good efforts...
In the 2000's, MR may have spread himself a little too thin (losing some quality control ?) but JR remained more often than not under the surface.
As many people here dig UK dub productions, there was also a very interesting album produced by Nucleus Roots which brought some unusual vibe to MR's vocals, but unfortunately, it wasn't released, probably because the artist had too many albums released in the same period, so many labels didn't bother to release one more.
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