Come Straight
Ronnie Davis & Idren
Nighthawk Records

Track list
  1. Rough cut
  2. Rough version
  3. Road of tradition
  4. Pick up the pieces
  5. Won't you come home
  6. Repent
  7. Jah is my light
  8. Move on oppressor
  9. Two roads
  10. Respect your elders
  11. Come straight
  12. Straighten up instrumental
  13. Come straight dub
  14. Ease it up
  15. If you conscious
  16. Conscious dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
Reggae vet Ronnie Davis' professional singing career began at the age of seventeen when he joined the Tennors in 1967. After leaving the Tennors he became one of the most prolific and successful solo vocalists in Jamaica in the early 70s. Together with his friends from Westmoreland, Lloyd Ricketts and Keith Porter, he founded the original Itals, who released some solid albums on the 'Nighthawk Records' label. Now Ronnie Davis is back on the track with a new formed group, Ronnie Davis & Idren. The "Idren" are long established vocalists Roy Smith, Robert Doctor and the aforementioned Lloyd Ricketts, a founding member of the Itals. Their first album outing is recorded at Black Scorpio Studio and includes such fine musicians as Flabba Holt, Earl "Chinna" Smith, the late "Bingy Bunny" and Bongo Herman. This disc brings back to memory the roots harmony trio sound from the heydays of roots reggae, here presented with a fresh and contemporary sound. All tunes on this CD are pure "roots & culture" with the exception of a remake of Ronnie Davis' own "Won't you come home". Although not really necessary for the connaisseurs, this album confirms Ronnie Davis' skills and talents when it comes to singing and songwriting. But let's not forget his "Idren", whose contributions should not be underestimated as well. "Come Straight" is a solid, dependable album. Standout tracks are: "Rough cut", "Jah is my light" and "If you conscious".