Love Is Amazing
Errol Dunkley
Studio One
01 - 09 - 2003

Track list
  1. This Is My Power
  2. Don't Do It
  3. Give Love A Chance
  4. What A Man Sow
  5. Give Love A Try
  6. Love Is Amazing
  7. Don't Know Why
  8. Sing About My Baby
  9. Darling
  10. Black Magic Spell
  11. Saving My Life
  12. Pledging
  13. Little Lady
  14. Make It Easy
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 3 Sleeve : 3
Just have to make clear that this weeks two Studio One reviews had been scheduled (as last week's Bunny Brown and Chandley Duffus reviews) long before the tragic news of the death of Studio One founder Six Clement Coxsone Dodd, whose obituary you can check here so no jumping the bandwagon here, but wading through some more of the releases from the 50th anniversary series. And this is a great album by Errol Dunkley, who only recorded a few titles for Studio One in the early 1970s, but now delivers a phenomenal set singing over some of the excellent classic riddims produced by Coxsone. Starting with "This Is My Prayer", the cover is clearly wrong indicating "This Is My Prayer", over Alton Ellis 'I'm Just A Guy'-riddim (also known as the riddim under Sugar Minott's superb "Vanity"), to be followed by the warning to rude boys "Don't Do It" over the 'Please Don't Go'-riddim and the superb "Give Love A Chance" over the classic Heptones' 'Figth It To The Top'-riddim and "What A Man Sow" riding the Wailers' 1967 self-produced but Studio One released 'Bend Down Low'-riddim. Errol strives to sound like Delroy Wilson or Dennis Brown, and succeeds in his takes on the former's "Give Love A Try", (I) "Don't Know Why" and both' (Your) "Love Is Amazing" a.k.a. "Movie Star". "Sing About My Baby" is another track (at 4 minutes one of only few tracks to pass the 2:30 minute mark) showing how great Errol Dunkley's voice in fact is, and he even betters that with "Darling" over the Heptones' ever popular 'Party Time'-riddim. "Black Magic Spell" is a great tune for a girl who hurts his pride, but still captures Errol, and "Saving My Life" is as great. "Pledging" (My Love) is Errol Dunkley's very fine take on the Freddy McGregor tune, followed by "Little Lady" over the Wailers' 'Mr.Talkative'-riddim. The last track "Make It Easy" (On Yourself) sounds more like the late great Dennis Brown himself than Errol Dunkley covering the track, so the song might be wrongly attributed to Errol here. Another great Studio One record, on a few tracks suffering from less than perfect sound quality, but certainly worth picking up.