Album review
Full Time Love
Willie Williams
22 - 09 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Winner
  2. Little Youth
  3. Standing
  4. Fire
  5. I Will
  6. White Squall
  7. Truth & Evidence
  8. Power Reggae
  9. Full Time Love
  10. Reggae Tonight
  11. Blessed (To Know)
  12. Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Willie Williams started in the business at the tender age of 14 and is probably best known for his huge hit from 1982 entitled "Armagideon Time". He recorded this impressive and highly acclaimed tune for the legendary Coxsone Dodd across the original Sound Dimension instrumental "Real Rock". Two years earlier Willie Williams had delivered his outstanding debut album "Messenger Man" on the "Jah Muzik" label. Throughout the eighties and nineties Willie Williams continued to make records and although some of them were extremely good - like for example the Jah Shaka produced set "Natty With A Cause" - he wasn't able to outmatch or even match the success of his Studio One classic.
Now the French record label "Nocturne" has unleashed Willie Williams' brand new album, "Full Time Love". This self-produced album fully proves that this consistent roots artist is still capable of delivering an above avarage set. From beginning to end we're treated to revitalized classic riddims as well as fresh originals expertly laid by the Drum Street Crew which consists of Winston "Axe" Perry (drums), Gary Lowe (bass), Willie Williams, Dalton Browne, Tony Campbell (rhythm & lead guitars), Bobby Kalphat, Bernie Phiters, Sam Weller (keyboards) and Scully, Bongo Gene Campbell, Willie Williams (percussion). The album opens very strong with the title track "Winner". This tune is a real winner and the same goes for the next track "Little Youth", which is followed by an entertaining up-tempo song "Standing", a solid conscious effort. "Fire" is a matching cut which incorporates a wicked, repetitive keyboard part. Next drops "I Will", a beautiful song of praise and definitely one of our personal favorite tracks on this set. Then three decent tunes, with "Truth & Evidence" being the most notable delivery. The title track comes with a feel good sound, but it's reality all the way!! It makes "Full Time Love" one of the highlights included on this set. "Reggae Tonight" fails to make a serious impression in contrast to "Blessed (To Know)" comes with wonderful lyrics, a great vocal delivery and an awesome riddim track. It's a roots killer, well worth hearing over and over again. All in all a satisfying new album from Willie Williams, truly well worth checking out!

Note : the trackorder on the sleeve of this release is completely incorrect!!

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