Ready For The World
BB Seaton
Roots International
July 14, 2009

Track list
Side 1
  1. Life Goes On
  2. Hotter The Battle
  3. To Be Organised
  4. Babylon Dies
  5. Nuh Bada Wid It
  6. My People Hold On
Side 2
  1. Emancipation Time Again
  2. Sound Of Drums
  3. The Woman In U
  4. The Real Deal
  5. Happy Earthday
  6. Calm Down
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4/5
The legendary veteran crooner and former lead vocalist of The Gaylads, BB Seaton, who released his first solo recording "Accept My Apology" in 1962, puts out a brand new album produced by himself and Tuff Gong engineer Errol Brown. "Ready For The World", the follow-up to his must have dbl cd "After All This Time ~ The Anthology 1972-1989", is his 20th album release to date and it might be his last album as a singer. Unlike his previous two or three albums that were mixed in England, most of the tracks of this one were mixed by Errol Brown at the renown Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

This album shows, that after all these years in music business, the versatile BB Seaton -- he's singer, songwriter, musician and producer -- is in very good shape. While listening to this "Ready For The World" album, it's obvious that this veteran surely knows how to write a good song and there's also no significant decline in his vocal delivery to be heard. However, wether this set contains recently recorded material is questionable as the sleeve inlay tells us that 9 out of 12 songs were published in 1991.

Besides the many fresh original songs that deal with consciousness, reality and matters of the heart, this set also includes remakes of "Hotter The Battle", and "My People Hold On". To start off with "Life Goes On" (produced by Marc Ismail in 2008) and the solid "Hotter The Battle" is a great way to open an album. These two tracks, and also "Babylon Lies", are the highpoints of side one. The rock guitar on "Nuh Bada Wid It" spoils this tune, and even though "My People Hold On" is delivered in a cultural vein, it's the dancehall beat that turns it into a mediocre effort. On the other side the listener is treated to four solid to excellent tunes. First there's "Emancipation Time Again", then the wicked "Sound Of Drums" (a reworking of The Gaylads' Studio One tune "Africa (We Want To Go)"), the wonderful "The Woman In U", and the matching "The Real Deal".

After all these years it's still a joy to listen to the music of the great BB Seaton. "Ready For The World" is also available on cd with two extra tracks, "Are U Really" and "Life Goes On Orchestra Style".