Album review
Freedom's Journal
Ossie Dellimore
Skank Records
February 6 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. The System
  2. Fire Man
  3. Time Has Come
  4. Solomon Dub
  5. To The Limit
  6. Rocker Reggae
  7. Got To Be Free
  8. Downpressor Man
  9. A Better Way
  10. Justice
  11. Sharp As A Razor Featuring Junior Demus
  12. Razor Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5

This album is a re-release of the AB Records cd that hit the streets in 2000 and then got out of print. The re-issue on Professor Skank's "Skank Productions" imprint adds the original Time Has Come as well as the dub to that fantastic song, an extended mix of the wicked combination tune Sharp As A Razor and the dub to that same song.
Ossie Dellimore - hailing from the island of St Vincent and living in New York since the late eighties - first came to our notice when New York based Easy Star Records released his stunning debut single "Time Has Come" in February 1998. After some two year's of silence on the recording side of his musical career, Ossie Dellimore's great songwriting and strong, powerful vocal performance (to many reminiscent of a young Peter Tosh) could be captured on the original release of his entertaining, self-produced debut album "Freedom's Journal". An album that brings the listener undiluted roots reggae from the very first drop. As a true rastaman Ossie strictly deals with righteousness, which is expressed through the reality lyrics in every self-penned piece on this album. The ten vocal tracks featured here range from such classic masterpieces like "Time Has Come" to the exuberant performance of Fire Man". Standout tracks are the aforementioned "Time Has Come", "Down Pressor Man", "A Better Way" and the wicked combination tune with Junior Demus titled "Sharp As A Razor". Also worthwile hearing are "The System" and "To the Limit", which incorporates a nice bluesy organ part. If you don't mind that some tracks are dominated by synthesizer parts ("Justice") and a "rock style" guitar solo ("Rockers Reggae") this decent 'roots rock reggae' delivery from Ossie Dellimore may be well worth checking out.
If you've missed it in 2000, well here's your chance.....

You can purchase this cd at : www.skankproductions.com

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