Album review
Got To Leave This Place
Dan Hutson & The Seers
Orthodox Muzik
July 9 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. True Experience
  2. Jah You Know
  3. As A Man Thinketh
  4. Exploiters
  5. Come Outa Rasta Way
  6. Got To Leave This Place
  7. Matter Of Time
  8. Wise Father/Wise Mother
  9. Somebody Wrong
  10. Sons Of The Most High
  11. Mr. Tax
  12. No Foothold In Babylon
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Even though Dan Hutson & The Seers may not be well known publicly, they are by no means any stranger to making good music and entertaining many people. This group has been around for a very long time. They happen to be one of the many talented Twelve Tribes of Israel artists who have remained non-commercial over these many years. "Got To Leave This Place" is the debut album of the very experienced songwriter, singer Dan Hutson (who passed away in 2001) and The Seers. Horace "Sangie" Davis, himself a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and a recording artist from as early as 1959, is the producer of this fine album. He was a member of the group, Melody Enchanters, which recorded two songs for Chris Blackwell's "Blue Beat" label. Also involved are veteran hornsman Dean Fraser (who arranged the horns) and backing musicians of the caliber of Albert Malawi, Noel Brownie, "Clevie" Browne, Dalton Brownie, Freddie McGreggor, Cornel Marshall, Kenneth "Paco" Gordon, Earl "Bagga" Walker, Anthony "Steely" Johnson, Robbie Lyn, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Nambo Robinson, Chico Chin, David Madden and Egbert "Eggie" Gordon. With such talented and experienced musicians on board you can't go wrong. And indeed, with "Got To Leave This Place" we're treated to twelve conscious cuts and nearly 45 minutes of well arranged roots reggae music. All you have to do is to listen to the great lyrics and concentrate on the arrangements and production. After listening to this collection we're pretty sure that you too will be mesmerized by Dan Hutson's unique vocal delivery, the beautiful backing vocals of The Seers, the wicked original riddims and the tight horn riffs. Thus you simply have to conclude that you're richly entertained and that music like this is truly uplifting. Although tunes such as "As A Man Thinketh", "Exploiters", "Wise Father/Wise Mother" and "Sons Of The Most High" belong to the highlights, all tracks on this album are a treat for fans of solid roots reggae sounds.

Teacher & Mr. T.