By Will Hermes
August 16, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Back in the early ’80s, when roots reggae looked like the new R&B, the scene in post-punk London was as vital as Kingston, Jamaica’s. New Chapter–reissued here with some tasty dub versions–vies with Steel Pulse’s Handsworth Revolution as the best British reggae LP ever, with hard-stepping rhythms, Zion-heralding horns, and politicized three-part harmony fused into deep blue pop. Misty never reached for the crossover ring and suffered hard knocks on the front lines of antiracist activism. But they did make some classics and with Roots prove they can still drop pearls of Rasta wisdom. WORTH SEARCHING FOR A New Chapter of Dub, a classic remix set that outsmokes Linkin Park’s Reanimation. Chapter: A- Controller: B