Barrington Levy
March 17, 2007

Barrington Levy Track list
  1. Englishman
  2. If You Give To Me
  3. Sister Carol
  4. Don't Fuss Nor Fight
  5. Look Girl
  6. Send A Moses
  7. Black Heart Man
  8. Money Makes Friends
  9. Bend Your Back
  10. Englishman (12" mix)
  11. The Daughter Them Irie feat. Scorcher
  12. Sister Carol (12" mix)
  13. Put On Me Clarks feat. Scorcher (12" mix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
As most of you will know, Greensleeves already re-released in 1991 the original album together with the "Robin Hood" album, both on 1 cd. Barrington's debut set was "Bounty Hunter", second "Englishman" and third was "Robin Hood". Many albums followed, and at this moment he's still active, recording and touring the world.

"Englishman", originally released in 1979 and regarded as one of the most important and influential dancehall albums of that time, was recorded at Channel One & King Tubbys studios, produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes and mixed by the mighty Scientist and Prince Jammy.

Extra on this cd, besides the original remastered 10 tracks, are the 4 additional dj- and dub-versions. It's completed with an 8 page booklet and rare and unseen photos. One already notices the more "classy" style in which Barrington liked to characterize himself on pictures, and he still does so today.

Barrington Levy's history and impressive career are already well explained in former reviews. One can say he appealed to a more wider audience, with his more accessible and entertaining style. The album brings back some nice memories as sweet original rockers are coming out of the speakers. The producers used some classic riddims here, e.g. for Look Girl they utilised the "Rizla" riddim, while Sister Carol is a fine rendition of the Studio One 'Full Up' riddim. Then there's Money Makes Friends which recaptures the 'Real Rock' riddim nicely. The tracks If You Give To Me and Send A Moses distinguish from the rest riddim-wise.

The backing band were the famous Roots Radics, then consisting of Carlton 'Santa' Davis (drums), Errol 'Flabba' Holt (bass), Earl 'Chinna' Smith (lead guitar), Winston 'Bo Peep' Bowen & Eric 'Bingy Bunny' Lamont (rhythm guitar), Gladstone 'Gladdy' Anderson & Ansel Collins (keyboards), Christopher 'Sky Juice' Blake (percussion), 'Deadly' Headly Bennett (saxophone), Val Bennett (trombone), and Bobby Ellis (trumpet), to give you some names that also made history!

Get this album! Why? Because you would like to know where Barrington is musically coming from, or you would like to see your original LP digitalized. Enjoy!