Album review
Give The Youth A Try
Little John
Rasslin/Live & Learn

Tracking list

  1. Give the youth a try
  2. Why won't you come on
  3. The more we are together
  4. Tea tar toe
  5. I have got to go
  6. Let go me hand
  7. Down a yard
  8. I love my mommy
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Little John - born John McMorris - became a recording artist while still in his childhood. He had the seemingly inexhaustible knack of placing new lyrics over vintage riddims, delivering them in an enthusiastic roughhouse manner. His first sides for producer Don Mais - whose production style was perhaps the strongest bridge between roots reggae and dancehall - proved highly popular. By the time he had reached his teens in the early eighties, Little John had recorded for almost all the Jamaican top producers like King Tubby, King Jammy, Jah Thomas and Ossie Thomas and had become one of reggae's most prolific artists with several hundred singles released.
The progress from precocious child to the assured dancehall master can be witnessed on this album, produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes and originally released in 1983. It unmistakably showcases the unique skill and talents of a young artist - who might always have possessed an excessively nasal tone - as he delivers sprightly performances over bright and dynamic riddims given life by the premier session band of the day, the Roots Radics. "Give The Youth A Try" provides a fine example of the genuine dancehall energy and the excitement it caused in the first half of the eighties. Pure dancehall fever all the way !!

Teacher & Mr. T.