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I waited more than 20 years for this. All I wanted was for Michael Rose to drop an album as heavy as those he recorded with Black Uhuru. However, for nearly two decades he tried to reinvent himself to vibe with the dancehall/hip-hop/ style that was so popular in the nineties. Throughout the nineties he continues to release lackluster albums like Be Yourself (1996), Big Sound Frontline (1996), Nuh Carbon (1996), and Dance Wicked (1997) – each more uninspired than the previous one.
After the release of Anthem, Rose left Black Uhuru and retired to the Blue Mountains in Jamaica to start a coffee farm. He released a string of singles in Jamaica, but nothing much was heard of him outside the island until 1989, when he was signed to RCA and released the strongly pop influenced album Proud in Europe and Japan. The deal with RCA was short-lived however, and Rose returned to Jamaica to record a new string of Sly and Robbie produced singles. He also recorded for other producers but the only albums during this period were the Japan only releases Bonanza (1991) and King Of General (1992). The Sly and Robbie produced singles were eventually released on the vinyl only Sly And Robbie presents: Mykall Rose – The Taxi Sessions in 1995 also saw his American debut as a solo artist with the album Michael Rose on Heartbeat Records. The single “Short Temper” reached #2 on the Gavin reggae chart.
In the period 1995-2004 Heartbeat Records released a total of nine albums including Party In Session: Live and a compilation entitled Happiness: The Best Of Michael Rose. Next to these albums, a great amount of different recordings appeared on dozens of Jamaican vinyl singles and several albums, including “Last Chance” which was #1 on the UK reggae charts for several weeks. He also recorded “Michael Rows the Boat Ashore” in 2001.
However, he linked up with a young studio wizard named Ryan Moore and released his best albums in 20 years in African Roots (2005) and “Warrior.” It is on these albums that we get the hard-talking Waterhouse warrior that we had in Black Uhuru. In my opinion, these two albums are among the best of the decade from 2000-2010. Hands Down…