Junior Murvin – Police and Thieves (Deluxe Edition) (10/10)


This stone cold classic roots album gets a deservedly lavish 2 CD re-release treatment from Island. Recorded by Lee Perry in 1977 at Black Ark Studios, Police and Thieves captures Murvin, Perry, and the Upsetters all at the height of their powers – not just on the anthemic title cut but on Roots Train, Solomon, Tedious, Lucifer, and pretty much else everything here.

The disk and a half’s worth of bonus material is phenomenal, packed with previously unreleased alternate takes, extended dubs, and Curtis Mayfield covers. The nine minute version of Roots Train featuring Dillinger alone is worth the price of admission.