Various Artists / Universal Message 3
Album: Universal Message 3   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Feb 2005
Label:V2 Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-08-22 Pull Date: 2005-10-24 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 23 Oct 16 Oct 9 Oct 2 Sep 25 Sep 11 Sep 4 Aug 28
Airplays: 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 01, 2006: The Dub Space
I Swear, Uncomfortable
4. Oct 12, 2005: A Better Version
Mister Heartless
2. Oct 19, 2005: A Better Version
5. Oct 12, 2005: Bubbadubba
3. Oct 16, 2005: New World Disorder
6. Oct 10, 2005: Sunshine ... in the Afternoon

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2005-08-15
(Collection) - Universal Message vol. 3 (VP)
Reviewed by Sadie O, 8/15/05
New-school Roots Rock (and Righteous) Reggae compilation. Jamaica seems to be experiencing a definite backswing to the classic reggae styles of the 70's with "conscious" lyrics, after the long reign of dirty dancehall vibes. A nice mix of new faces and known names. Really nice to see this happening, and judging from online reviews, Jamaica is proud to present this collection. Pretty much all mid-tempo, roots-style.
I couldn't detect FCCs, although different transcribers have heard a word in track 11 as "pricks" and "Brits", which to a former colony might be interchangeable anywayĆ 
No clunkers - you can pretty much slap on any track, but I think 2, 4, and 11 (the latter acoustic, please note) are probly the best cuts.
1. 3:42 one-drop riddim, very sweet sound and lyrics.
2. 4:04 ***great mix of vocals over cool remix of Stop that Train, defiant lyrics.
3. 3:30 young-sounding singer, classic bass line.
4. 3:57 ***versatile vocals and interesting instrumentation.
5. 3:28 nice xylophone sound in the mix, about poverty in Jamaica.
6. 3:48 slower and mellower than most of the tracks, some falsetto singing.
7. 3:36 sweet harmonies, lyrics that talk about the hole in the ozone layer!
8. 3:43 major European reggae star finally breaks in JA, bittersweet sound.
9. 4:03 **defiant toasting, same backing track as number 3.
10. 3:47 odd falsetto on much of the vocals, bubbling keyboard
11. 3:21 ***wonderful (fem) lyrics over acoustic track. Made me misty-eyed.
12. 4:17 upbeat, with spirited music (electric guitar, horns). Rastafarian message.
13. 3:59 **I could swear I'm hearing Peter Tosh - whew!
14. 3:43 slow song, nyahbinghi drumming, pretty tenor vocals, rather off-putting falsetto ending.
15. 4:08 mellow, nyahbinghi riddim & violins.
16. 3:46 **gruff toasting - sounds like the sound system dances of yore.
17. 3:32 **gorgeous vocals, pretty music, good lyrics.
18. 4:21 subdued music (with strings) nod to Bob at the end. Apparently a bit of a hit - just saw a video of this cut on Link TV.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Jah Cure Jah Bless Me
2. Morgan Heritage Uncomfortable
3. I Wayne Living in Love
4. Fender, Chuck I Swear
5. Mojo, Fanton Hungry
6. Sizzla Ain't Gonna See Us Fall
7. Chezidek Leave the Trees
8. Gentleman Dem Gone
9. Capleton That Day Will Come
10. Spice, Richie Blood Again
11. Stephens, Tanya What Ah Day
12. Luciano Give Praise
13. Bushman Lighthouse
14. Turbulence Hail to the King
15. Wonder, Wayne Jah Love
16. Jr. Kelly By the Seed
17. 2 Isis Ghetto Pain
18. Anthony B Mister Heartless