Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Can't You See
Glen Washington
Charm
CD
27-12-1998

Track list
  1. Love Live In The Rain
  2. Can't You See
  3. Breaking Up
  4. Jah Glory
  5. Please Me
  6. Trigger Happy
  7. Ozana
  8. Beau La land
  9. I Can Recall
  10. Jah Light
  11. Come Away
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4
Glen Washington is one of those countless reggae artists who enjoyed a brief moment of success and then vanished into obscurity. He topped the charts with the single 'Rockers Nu Crackers' for producer Joe Gibbs in the late 70s. He resurfaced this year with the excellent 'Brother To Brother' for Coxsone Dodd. With his distinctive and soulful voice he easily voices over some classic Studio One riddims. Can't You See is his latest outing which he recorded for producer Herman Wright. The excellent backing vocals are by Ansil Meditation, J.D. Smoothe, and Tanya Taylor. All tracks were laid down by the Firehouse Crew with the help of Style Scott, Dean Fraser, Val Douglas, Raff, Antonette and Jr. Jazz.
The result is an outstanding album, filled with roots songs as well as lovers tunes. Next to some perfect covers of Jamaican classics such as Alton Ellis' Breaking Up and 'Jamaica', the latter retitled here I Can Recall, a version of Royse Royce's soulballad 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore' mixed with parts of An Peebles's 'I Can't Stand The Rain' as Love Live In The Rain, Glen delivers some fine new songs such as Beau La Land, Please Me, and Jah Glory.
One of the most recycled Jamaican pieces of music ever -the Conversation riddim- is revaluated in the title track Can't You See. Both Trigger Happy and Ozana use riddims originally created by the Abysinnians, 'Decleration Of Rights' and 'Sata Amasagana'.
Glen Washington is back and he's here to stay ! This one is wicked and lovely.