Album review
The Best Of Reggae Live
Frankie Paul & The Mighty Diamonds
11 - 05 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Introduction
  2. Frankie Paul - Intro / Medley
  3. Frankie Paul - Closer I Get To you
  4. Frankie Paul - I Know The Score
  5. Frankie Paul - Give Them Something Just Yesterday
  6. Frankie Paul - I Am In The Mood
  7. Frankie Paul - Greatest Love Affair Of Them All
  8. Introduction
  9. Mighty Diamonds - Reggae Street
  10. Mighty Diamonds - Juvenille Child
  11. Mighty Diamonds - Heads Of Government
  12. Mighty Diamonds - Lying Lips
  13. Mighty Diamonds - Real Enemy
  14. Mighty Diamonds - Heavy Load
  15. Mighty Diamonds - Party Times
  16. Mighty Diamonds - All I Have Is Love
  17. Mighty Diamonds - Kinaki
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3

Frankie Paul is one of the most prolific singers in the history of reggae music. He is an immensely gifted songwriter and musician as well as a vocalist. In the eighties and nineties Frankie Paul flooded the reggae market with his tunes. He was and still is one of the very few to overcome an overkill syndrome. His voice has power and dignity, and his interpretations of other people's material is mostly masterful.
The Mighty Diamonds perfected a sound and style that helped define Jamaican reggae in its infancy, and set its standards high in the mid and late 70's with classic albums like "Right Time" and "Deeper Roots".
This two in one live performance features the ever exciting Frankie Paul and The Mighty Diamonds. After the introduction by David Rodigan (?) the band kicks off with a medley, followed by Closer I Get To You, one of Frankie's finest love songs. Hit tunes like I Know The Score and the George Benson classic Greatest Love Affair Of Them All are two of the highlights of his set. The Mighty Diamonds come next and their first tune is Reggae Street one of their hits from the eighties. The anthemic Heads Of Government and the 1983 Kinaki make a solid impression, and the same goes for Heavy Load and Real Enemy. Their remakes of Party Time and All I Have Is Love are nice, but we would rather have heard some of their own hits!

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