Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band
Give And Take
Sankofa Blackstar Musik
July 20 - 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Anyone who knows the history of reggae music is familiair with the name Clinton "Basie" Fearon. He was singer and bass player with the internationally renowned group The Gladiators, whith whom he recorded the singles "Freedom Train" and "Rockaman Soul" for Lloyd Daley's Matador label. The late Coxsone Dodd of Studio One produced their first full length album featuring Fearon as songwriter and vocalist on several songs including "Step Right Back". In 1974 The Gladiators went to Joe Gibbs' studio to record another album entitled "Proverbial Reggae". Fearon wrote many of the songs on this album and the producer Prince Tony Robinson insisted that he did the lead vocals for tracks such as "Can You Imagine How I Feel", "Stop Before You Go" and "Marvel Not". As musician he also worked for Lee "Scratch" Perry for whom he played on many of his best known songs, including "Roast Fish and Cornbread", which features one of Fearon's most famous bass lines. In 1989 he left Jamaica and moved to the the U.S., where he formed his own group, Boogie Brown Band, in 1993. Their debut album was a collection of 13 original songs entitled "Disturb The Devil", which was followed by "Mystic Whisper" in early 1997. Then they released their third album, a double CD entitled "What A System" in June of 1999.