• Hot Milk make a welcome return with an essential reissue of an underappreciated West London UK reggae gem from 1983.
• Self-composed, produced and financed by Alex Robertson aka I Benjahman, Fraction Of Jah Action, originally a 7 track album, and the handful of 12” singles that preceded were graced by the hands of some of the highest reggae royalty and courtiers. Alpha Boys School alumni trombonist and The Specials affiliated Rico Rodriguez, drummer extraordinaire Horsemouth Wallace, bassist of smooth liquidity Larry Silvera, veteran engineer Sid Bucknor, the finest fingers in UK reggae production Dennis Bovell as well as West London band Zabandis, to name a few.
• Reissued for the very first time, this has the bulk of I Benjahman’s early 80’s output, originals of which are very rare indeed. 12” single versions (including the Jah Shaka favourite ‘Give Love A Try’), dubplate mixes, dubs, unreleased material (including a song that was slated for use on the film Countryman) and sleeve notes detailing the life and career of I Benjahman.
• Acolytes of steppers and conscious style reggae should have this on their want list and now it’s available again it will rest nicely in any reggae fan’s collection. If you never rated UK reggae, time to think again. Proof that the best reggae doesn’t necessary come straight outta Jamaica. The UK boys could well and truly hold their own.
• Highly recommended.
DISC ONE: ORIGINAL ALBUM
1. SWEET REGGAE MUSIC
2. GIVE LOVE A TRY
3. SHE GOT TO KNOW
4. NATURAL FORCES
5. JAH NATION
6. FAMILY AFFAIR
7. JAH WORLD WILL KEEP ON TURNING
8. GIVE LOVE A TRY (I BENJAHMAN & EARTHMAN TUNE IN 12” VERSION)
9. FAMILY AFFAIR (I BENJAHMAN & ZABANDIS 12” VERSION)
10. FAMILY AFFAIR (DUB PLATE VOCAL – TAKEN FROM ACETATE)
11. HOLD ME TIGHT
DISC TWO: THE DUBS
1. MIND BLOWING DUB (PART ONE)
2. MIND BLOWING DUB (PART TWO)
3. TAN TAN & EARTHMAN TUNE IN “LION KINGDOM DUB FLASH”
4. EARTHMAN TUNE IN “PROSPEROUS DUB”
5. LION AFFAIR (PART ONE)
6. LION AFFAIR (PART TWO)
7. FAMILY AFFAIR (DUB PLATE VERSION – TAKEN FROM ACETATE)
8. FATHER’S INSTRUCTIONS (VOX DUB)
9. FATHER’S INSTRUCTIONS (ORGAN DUB)
10. FATHER’S INSTRUCTIONS (DUBWIZE 1)
11. FATHER’S INSTRUCTIONS (DUBWIZE 2)
12. BEING IN DUB