Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Steely & Clevie
Rain From The Skies
Digital Release
February 3, 2016

Artist & tune
  • Richie Stephens - Rain From The Sky (Dub Vox Mix)
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Initially intended to be included on the 1992 released excellent compilation album "Steely & Clevie Play Studio One Vintage", Richie Stephens' "Rain From The Sky" never saw the light of day. However, last year this recording was discovered when they were going through the old mastertapes vaults in Studio 2000 in Kingston, Jamaica. And now the tune has been finally mixed and is about to appear on digital platforms and as a 7" vinyl single as well. It's actually the first single taken from Richie Stephens' forthcoming new album.

American singer Adam Wade's 1963 tune "Rain From The Skies", a song written by Hal David & Burt Bacharach, became an immortal Reggae standard in the late '60s/early '70s, as it was covered by many Reggae greats such as Slim Smith, John Holt, Delroy Wilson, Horace Andy and Dennis Brown. Also the following decades saw Reggae artists like Al Campbell, Singing Melody, and Tony Curtis doing a version of that song. And we can now add the smooth baritone vocalist Richie Stephens to that list of artists. The exceptional singer delivers an immaculate version of "Rain From The Skies", vocally lifting the somber mood of this lover's lament and beaming the listener straight up to cloud nine. The sound of the riddim track is crisp and airy and incorporates a great trombone to top it off.

All in all this single makes one anxiously awaiting Richie Stephens new album.