After 30 Years Life Is Just For Living
Ernie Smith
Ernie Smith Music
Double CD

Track list

    "Disc 1"

  1. I can't take it
  2. Bend down
  3. Ride on Sammy
  4. Girl
  5. One dream
  6. Sunday morning
  7. Pitta patta
  8. Life is just for living
  9. Bad woman
  10. Foorprints on the ceiling
  11. Hail the man
  12. Duppy gunman
  13. Play de music
  14. Elsaida
  15. All for Jesus

    "Disc 2"

  16. Rebel music
  17. We de people/The power and the glory
  18. Don't down me now
  19. To behold Jah
  20. Time
  21. Stay awhile with me
  22. Let the children play
  23. Singer man
  24. Mr. Music
  25. New York, you're going crazy
  26. I'm on your side
  27. Ghetto monday
  28. Didn't know we were poor
  29. Don't worry mamma
  30. Sister
  31. Didn't know we were poor (a capella)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
Ernie Smith, one of the living legends of reggae music, voiced his first song -I can't take it- in the second half of the 60s at the Federal Studios. Later on Johnny Nash recorded the song as Tears on my pillow, enjoying international chart success. A massive string of hits such as Duppy gunman, Key card, Ride on Sammy, One dream, Pitta patta, Mr. Music and Don't down me now followed. Facing serious problems in the 80s, Ernie Smith's output was far from prolific. He returned to Jamaica, where he eventually was able to team up with renown producers Mikey Chung and Mikey Bennett. Ernie Smith's backing band from the 70s, The Now Generation, were reunited to provide the backing for this 30th anniversary double album. The band consists of Robby Lyn (keyboards), Mikey 'Boo' Richards (drums), Earl 'Wire' Lindo (keyboards), Val Douglas (bass) and Mikey Chung (guitars).
This album covers the prolific recording career of Ernie Smith from 1967 to 1996. Almost all tracks are original selfpenned tunes, showcasing the songwriting skills of Ernie Smith. The songs are well crafted melodic tunes, sung by Ernie Smith, whose deep brown voice reminds me of Neil Diamond. After 30 years his voice is still sounding extremely well. He combines country, gospel and soft pop infuences with reggae tunes, thus making his music open to an international audience. These rerecorded versions of his greatest tunes are an excellent -retrospective- introduction to one of Jamaica's most talented songwriters and vocalists.