Misty In Roots – Earth

by Jan 18, 2019Artist, Reviews

Misty in Roots - Earth
Misty in Roots

Release Info

Misty In Roots – Earth

Label:  Kaz Records | Format: CD-LP | Street date: August, 1995 | Website artist: N/A


  1. Follow Fashion
  2. Own Them Control Them
  3. Earth
  4. New Day
  5. Poor And Needy
  6. Servant To Jah
  7. Persecution
  8. Dreadful Dread

In addition to the Misty In Roots interview, we feature Souljah´s review of the album “Earth” from one of the UK´s finest roots reggae bands.

Vocal Harmony

This album (originally released on vinyl in 1983 on the band’s own People Unite label) showcases the way reggae sounds at its best, lyrically and musically. “Follow Fashion” is a cry for a change in people’s attitude, running around for cars, houses with which to impress their neighbour. “It’s just a dream” over an excellent uptempo reggae beat accompanied by jazzy horns. The song highlights that vocal harmony still exists.

Anti-Babylonian Rastatements

“Own Them Control Them”‘s riddim is dominated by rhythm guitar and keyboards in a kind of groovy manner, giving the song a disguise as a “happy go, lucky” reggae song, giving the listeners the kind of positive and careless feeling Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” gives. The lyrics are however pure anti-Babylonian Rastatements.

Very Strong Selection

“Earth” is a cry for Mother Earth, Misty in Roots emphasizing what could happen if we don’t change our ways of life, total destruction of the earth. “New Day” is a song that reminds me a lot of Don Carlos during his collaboration with Gold. Positively praising Jah over a classic-roots-style riddim. Very strong selection, it is very hard to stay seated when you are listening to this song. “Poor And Needy” is another of Misty In Roots outcries for justice for the sufferers, set to a rockers-era type of riddim over which the vocals are very strong delivered paired with some great scat-like chanting.


“Servant To Jah” is a very spiritual track, with some great percussion and piano licks and again horns as if blown by angels, sung in a more chanting style. “Persecution” is a track built around a great horn and guitar lick, with fine lyrics about the struggle of life in which “many are our enemies”. “Dreadful Dread” is a song about Babylon, “Which we can’t stand no more”. It is a song worthy of closing a very strong (even according to their own standards) set, that did not yet get the praises this deserves.


  • Misty In Roots – Own Them Control Them
Misty in Roots - Earth [02] - Own Them Control Them

  • Misty In Roots – Servant To Jah
Misty in Roots - Earth [06] - Servant To Jah

  • Misty in Roots – Follow Fashion
Misty in Roots - Earth [01] - Follow Fashion

  • Misty in Roots – Persecution
Misty in Roots - Earth [07] - Persecution