Album review
Collectors Series ~ Garnet Silk
Garnet Silk

Tracking list

  1. Tony Rebel - Tribute To Garnet Silk
  2. A Man Is Just A Man
  3. Who Is Like Selassie
  4. Good Good
  5. Lion Heart
  6. Complaint
  7. Christian Soldiers (featuring Tony Rebel)
  8. Fussing And Fighting
  9. Hungry
  10. Everything I've Got
  11. Broken Heart
  12. Broken Heart (featuring Buju Banton)
  13. Who Is Like Selassie (Remix)
  14. Good Good (Remix)
  15. Complaint (featuring Buju Banton)
  16. A Man Is Just A Man (featuring Tony Rebel)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4

Garnett Silk -real name Garnett Smith- was born in 1970. As a teeneager he started deejaying, calling himself Little Bimbo. For Delroy Collins he recorded his first singles, soon followed by sessions for King Tubby, Youth Promotion and King Jammy. He achieved success with his cuts for Courtney Cole, but his debut set It's Growing for Bobby 'Digital' Dixon established him as a major roots artist. Until his untimely death at the end of 1994 when he tried to save his mother from a burning house, he cut excellent slices for an array of producers such as Steely and Clevie, Jack Scorpio and Donovan Germain.
This Penthouse collection comprises his recordings for Penthouse, including some of his strongest outings : Complaint -on the Tempo riddim- and the remixed version alongside Buju Banton, the excellent A Man I Just A Man and Who Is Like Selassie, the latter two songs are also featured in remixed versions. Good, Good uses the Studio One 'Nanny Goat' riddim, but the remix version is delivered over a totally different backing. Broken Heart is a love song, based on a Whitney Houston song, while the well known Lion Heart is an 90s remake of the 'General' riddim, featuring Garnet as a singer and a deejay.
Musicians on board include Sly & Robbie, Mafia & Fluxy, the Firehouse Crew, Steven Stanley, Dean Fraser, Robbie Lyn and Danny Browne. All tracks were recorded and mixed at Penthouse Recording Studio.
This collection proves -once again- that Garnet Silk was a unique talent and that he still is sadly missed. A recommended album !

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