Reggae Goldmine
12" Single
May 9, 2004

Artist & tune

  • Barrington Levy - Bounty Hunter / Walk 2000 Miles / Moonlight Lover / Moonlight Dub (Extended Version)
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Barrington Levy (born 1964, Kingston JA) had been part of a group called the Mighty Multitudes and made a couple of singles that didn't sell particularly well before he teamed up with producers Henry "Junjo" Lawes and New York-baed Hyman "Jah Life" Wright. They produced songs such as "Ah Yah We Deh", "Callie Weed", "Shine Eye Gal" and "Looking My Love" that thrust Levy into the public gaze in 1979. In that same year Levy released his debut album titled "Bounty Hunter" for Lawes/Wright. This album, with its raw riddims by the Roots Radics, was the template for the whole genre of dancehall vocalizing. Included on that album were the three vocal cuts that are re-issued on this Reggae Goldmine 12" single (originally also released on Volcano 7" vinyl). The awesome "Bounty Hunter" is one of Levy's biggest hits showing how Levy turns a simple lyric into something much more through his sheer confident vocal. "Walk 2000 Miles" is a matching cut delivered in a more traditional roots style, exemplifying Levy's ability to handle more concious lyrics and styles. Side 2 features "Moonlight lover", another highlight of this distinctive singer with a finely dubbed Radics riddim bubbling behind Barrington's sweet delivery. And don't overlook the superb extended dub version. A must have for any serious reggae collector.