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For Reggae Archive Records latest lovingly compiled and annotated testament to the nascent UK roots/dub scene of the 1990s. we have gone straight for one of the best with *Rise Up – The Riz Records Story*. With an output that spanned most of the decade and a catalogue that stretched beyond the usual handful of singles to include some very strong albums. Riz was a powerhouse for the revival of UK reggae and the growth in its popularity that continues to this day.
After much difficulty in deciding which of the many first rate tracks we'd have to leave off due to time constraints, we've achieved a fantastic selection of 15 of the best the label has to offer. If that wasn't enough, six of the tracks feature exclusive discomixes from Rootikal's David Hill whilst tracks from Willie Williams and Earl 16 are previously unreleased. How and why these excellent tracks slipped through the net is now forgotten; it definitely wasn't down to lack of quality.
One of the labels strengths was the ability to attract and record leading Jamaican artists as well as those from the UK. In addition to Willie Williams and Earl 16, we've included tracks from Johhny Osbourne, Admiral Tibet, Danny Red, Bob Skeng, Orville Smith, Mikey Mystic, Indica All Stars and of course the ever present Riz All Stars, the sort of line-up that most of the UK's independent reggae labels could only have dreamed of recording. All the tracks were taken from the original master tapes with everyone involved in the project aiming to achieve the best possible sound. We think we've achieved it and this really is a treat for those who value sound quality; these tracks have never sounded better.
(added: 2014-02-13 11:24:44 )