Just To Let You Know
Bitty McLean
Blow Up
July 20, 2009

Bitty Mclean - Just to Let You Know? Track list
  1. Here I Stand
  2. What Goes Round (Comes Around)
  3. True True True
  4. I've Got Love
  5. Stop This World
  6. It Keeps Raining
  7. Dedicated To The One I Love
  8. Forever Be Mine
  9. Talkin' To The Wind
  10. Pass It On
  11. Pass It On (Reprise)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Bitty McLean is an established artist with several excellent albums to his name. His latest effort Movin'On got (and still gets) rave reviews, while his other two sets Made In Jamaica and Peckings Presents... On Bond Street With The Supersonics are fine examples of his craftsmanship.

It was in the early nineties when he recorded his debut album Just To Let You Know.... At that time he was working at the UB40 studio in Birmingham, after his study at Sandwell College where he had been studying sound engineer. Working as a tape-op he eventually recorded some of his own material, which resulted in the release of his debut set.

The album starts with a classic reworking of Justin Hind's ska hit Here I Stand. The backing of What Goes Around (Comes Around) has UB40 influences and is a typical early nineties reggae tune. Ken Parker's True, True, True makes a good impression and is followed by I Got Love, a tune he recut later on the Peckings Presents... On Bond Street With The Supersonics album over the Melodians' 1967 "I Will Get Along Without You". The original tune still sounds fresh!

His major UK pop hits Dedicated To The One I Love and It Keeps Rainin are included on this album too. The moving semi-accapella rendition of the Leroy Sibbles tune Stop The World is just wonderful. The tune that fails to make a decent impression is Forever Be Mine, and Talking To The Wind doesn't impress neither. The last tune is a conscious song, Pass It On. It's across a typical early nineties reggae beat, but Bitty McLean's vocal delivery makes it a great tune.

Although Just To Let You Know... is a typical early nineties album (check the backing carefully!) it remains an enjoyable, fresh album.