Voice Of Progress ‎– Mini Bus Driver

Negus Roots ‎– NERLP 003
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue


A1 Working On A Site
A2 Shadow After Dark
A3 Lost In Space
A4 Mini Bus Driver
A5 If I
B1 Rich Man
B2 Can't Take The Gun
B3 Give Thanks
B4 Tell Your Friends

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Channel One & Tuff Gong Studios
Digitally Mixed & Mastered at Mafia & Fluxy's London, England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A): NERLP-003-1 L-16092M-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B): NERLP-003-B L-16092M-B

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NERLP 003 Voice Of Progress Mini Bus Driver(LP, Album) Negus Roots NERLP 003 UK 1982 Sell This Version
NER LP 003 Voice Of Progress Mini Bus Driver(LP, Album) Negus Roots NER LP 003 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
NERLP 003 Voice Of Progress Mini Bus Driver(LP, Album, RE) Negus Roots NERLP 003 UK 2012 Sell This Version
NERCD 003 Voice Of Progress Mini Bus Driver(CD, Album) Negus Roots NERCD 003 US Unknown Sell This Version
BMLP 059 Voice Of Progress Shadow After Dark(LP, Album, RE) Blue Moon BMLP 059 UK 1988 Sell This Version


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October 11, 2015
At least the opening track on the US reissue is a different mix compared to the 1982 UK LP. A bit too bright and tiresome in the upper midrange - and light on the bass. Dubby echoes in places not heard on the original LP.

Having long since sold the original for good money on eBay but kept a CD-R of the near mint copy, I now turned to that one for comparisons, the vinyl reissue having NONE of the sonic features I so much liked about this heavy album.

This is a typical strange reissue only similar to the original outing, pieced together from various vinyl sources. The stupendously heavy title track here sounds so muddy and dark it is a shame.

The original UK release had the heaviest bass and kick drum ever heard from a reggae LP and clear and incisive percussion hovering in a very airy recording. That's how the Mafia & Fluxy mix mentioned on the cover sounded originally. None of it remains.

The four tracks on side B sounds like recorded straight from an original UK B side if playing an old copy on a very mediocre turntable with the cheapest imaginable cartridge. Emphasis on the midrange and nothing of that ultra heavy and fast bass heard on the original when played on good equipment.

Save your money - lots of it - and grab the eight track UK original if you ever see it, even a worn out VG copy if needs be. Today's converts to classic reggae never realize how good the audio was from today's mostly illegal vinyl reissues. Yes, the vinyl is good and free from crackles that cannot remedy the sub-standard source. A US seller of this copy tricked me into buying it anew by exclaiming "excellent sound" - what a joke!

If you have really cheap playback equipment you might not notice the difference between an original and this slab of dulled down music but I tell you, it's glaring on probably half of the stereo systems out there.