Meet Me In The Park
Schlede Records-Irie Records
May 25, 2005

Track list
  1. Meet Me In The Park
  2. Discrimination
  3. African Princess
  4. Trod In The Jungle
  5. Reggae Jamdown
  6. Pretty Girl
  7. Darling Forever
  8. Love Me Now
  9. Hookline And Sinker
  10. Big Ship
    CD Bonus Tracks
  11. African Princesss Dub
  12. Trod In The Jungle Dub
  13. Pretty Girl Dub
  14. Meet Me In The Park Dub
  15. Reggae Jamdown Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4
"Meet Me In The Park" is the debut album of singer Ancel W. Powell, born in Hayes, Clarendon, Jamaica. He worked with the Clarendonians for two years before going to the USA and doing stage shows over there. He decided to go back Jamaica to spread out the original vibes and stay strictly to roots, before he was 'discovered' by the from Cologne, Germany hailing Papa Thomas and Roger G, who as members of the Digital Diamond Crew were instrumental in the production of German reggae superstar's Gentleman's first album "Trodin' On". This is an astonishing full-length debut for someone who at this age (just take a look at the album cover) finally sees his singing recorded. Germany's Schlede Records released this album, that is distributed by Münster's Irie Records, not only a distributor, but operating also a very well sorted and reliable mailorder. You will never hear someone whose voice so closely resembles that of Freddy McGregor as Ancel's, and the riddims and arrangements by Papa Thomas and Roger G. are very enjoyable. Whether it's the good lovers vibes of "Meet Me In The Park", the harsh reality of "Discrimination" they're using on me / intimidation will never stop me, his tribute to his "African Princess" and the excellent "Trod In The Jungle". "Reggae Jamdown" and "Trod In The Jungle" could both easily have been taken from a Freddy McGregor album, and really have me amazing how Ancel can have been unrecorded until this album. "Pretty Girl", "Darling Forever" (if I'm correct a take on the Clarendonians 1972 tune) with its great piano, the ballad "Love Me Now" and "Hookline And Sinker" keep the vibes flowing. Probably the only thing really lacking on this album is the absence of real horns, but that's the only real negative comment anyone fond of lovers rock can make. The vocal part of this album is closed with an excellent take on Freddy McGregor's classic 1982 scorcher "Big Ship", and yes, it could pass for Freddy's version, as it's almost impossible to tell the difference between Ancel's and Freddy's voice. As bonus tracks come 5 well mixed dubs of the first 5 tracks, highlighting the strengths of the riddims built for this very fine lovers rock album in a different order. This album is certainly worth buying by lovers rock and Freddy McGregor enthusiasts.