Greensleeves Records – the iconic UK label that was acquired by reggae powerhouse VP Records in 2008 – has been operating for 40 years in the music business. That’s now celebrated with a new – and extensive – collection of classics cuts released over the years.
The 40 track – what else – double disc draws from Greensleeves wide-ranging catalogue of razor-sharp roots and dancehall from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. The label has managed to maneuver through a diverse set of sounds coming mostly from Jamaica and the UK.
The album doesn’t come with any gems for collectors, but it’s a great gateway to reggae, especially dancehall from the early 80s, a period when Greensleeves dropped a truckload of classics albums and 12” discomixes.
Featured on the set are scorchers like the Wailings Souls’ War, Johnny Osbourne’s Fally Ranking and Eek-A-Mouse’s Wa-Do-Dem. You can also find a truly international hit song like Shaggy’s Oh Carolina on Total Reggae Greensleeves.
This is a great introduction to one of the greatest reggae labels.