Album review
Get Ready
Mighty Diamonds
25 - 07 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Schoolmate
  2. Another Day Another Raid
  3. Tonight I'm Gonna Take It Easy
  4. Idler's Corner with Gregory Isaacs
  5. Sensemilla
  6. Cannot Say You Didn't Know
  7. My Baby
  8. Get Ready
  9. Up Front
  10. Modeller
  11. Bad Boy Business
  12. Mr. Bodyguard (12" Mix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Since the foundation of the label in 1977 up until now Greensleeves Records have been at the cutting edge of Jamaican music, promoting each successive wave - Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and Ragga - to a worldwide audience. The label became the undisputed major player in the UK reggae marketplace during the first five years of its existence, actually the period that roots reggae became dancehall. It was then popular and most successful producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes who played an important role in the label's success story. "Junjo" temporarily bowed out of the music business in 1985, actually during the early days of the computerized riddims. This new trend in dancehall music made Greensleeves release some of Jammy's earliest digital material. Three years after the first digital hit Augustus "Gussie" Clarke produced Gregory Isaacs' comeback single "Rumours", which marked the next step forward for dancehall music. Incorporating the dread feel of the seventies into a high-tech sound for the modern dancehall was one of the innovative aspects that brought Gussie Clarke brough fame and success. 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 seventies with classic reggae albums like "Right Time" and "Deeper Roots". They first teamed up with Gussie Clarke in 1981 for whom they recorded "Changes", the group's most exciting album since their heydays at Channel One. Six years later they delivered their second album for Gussie entitled "The Real Enemy", which was followed by "Get Ready" in 1988, after the breakthrough of Gregory Isaacs' "Rumours". Once again the Mighty Diamonds show the breadth and vitality of harmony in Jamaican music on this solid album. Recorded at Dynamics studio and Gussie's own Music Works Recording Studio the familiar harmonies of the Mighty Diamonds deliver their usual mixture of lovers and reality lyrics across original riddims laid by such superior musicians as Robbie Lyn, Sly Dunbar, Danny Browne, Steve Browne, Dalton Browne, Dwight Pinkney, Willie Lindo and the horns of Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson and Dave Madden. Dominated by a crisp and clear semi-computerized sound this "Get Ready" set presents strong tunes like Another Day, Another Raid", "Idler's Corner" (in combination with Gregory Isaacs), "Sensemilla", "Cannot Say You Didn't Know", "Modeller" and the awesome bonus tracks "Bad Boy Business" and the twelve inch version of "Mr. Bodyguard". The only minus is the fact that Greensleeves haven't added the wonderful "Heavy Load", the Mighty Diamonds' version of Gregory's "Rumours".

Teacher & Mr. T.