Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Masterpiece
Glen Washington
Zion High Productions
CD
August 2, 2012

Masterpiece - Glen Washington Track list
  1. There Is A Joy
  2. Take Away The Whip
  3. Puppet Master
  4. Let Me Have My Way
  5. I Must Be Dreaming
  6. Chant Down Wickedness
  7. More Than I Desire
  8. When We Pray
  9. Fall On Me
  10. Highest Quality
  11. Why Worry feat. Norris Man
  12. Jah Oneness
  13. My Vision
  14. One Way
  15. Lovelife
  16. One Thing On My Mind
  17. Dark Days Are Gone
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In current times Clarendon-born Glen Washington -- the man who had a No.1 hit in Jamaica with "Rockers Nu Crackers" for Joe Gibbs in 1978, followed by a minor hit called "We've Got To Make It" in 1982 -- needs no introduction as he has become a household name among reggae fans worldwide since he seemingly out of nowhere made a notable comeback at the beginning of 1998 with his Coxsone Dodd produced breakthrough album "Brother To Brother". The latter was followed by a stream of noteworthy albums such as "Get Next To Me", "Number One Girl", "Wandering Stranger", and "Vibes" to name only four.

And now Glen Washington is in the zone again with a brand new album called "Masterpiece". Once again the singer, whose voice often draws comparisons with the similarly seasoned voiced Beres Hammond, can do no wrong as he delivers another strong full length album. Produced by JAH David and Zion I Kings (i.e. Zion High Productions, I Grade Records and Lustre Kings), "Masterpiece" consists of high caliber riddims played by musicians such as Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred, JAH David, Style Scott, Horseman, Chet Samuel, Norman Grant (Twinkle Brothers), Andrew "Moon" Bain, Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson, Earl "Chinna" Smith, and Tuff Lion. And, of course, there's Glen Washington's soulful, heartfelt vocalizing, his considerable skill as a tunesmith and his penchant for both classy sentimental fare and serious conscious roots.

The wonderful album opener "There's A Joy" along with the solid "Fall On Me" appeared earlier as the former was already released as single pre-release and the latter saw inclusion on the compilation "Jah Golden Throne". On this album these two tunes are accompanied by many great sounding songs of joy, praise, and thanksgiving. "Takes Away The Whip" is the first one, followed by the entertaining lovers piece "Let Me Have My Way", the excellent "Chant Down Wickedness", and the gospel tinged "When We Pray" with real nice sax play from Dean Fraser. But that's not all as there's also the beautiful "Jah Oneness", "One Way" with its creeping bass, and the reality tune "Dark Days Are Gone". These are only the tunes that instantly grab one's attention. There are others that match the aforementioned efforts, but they have to grow on you.

Except for "One Way", running on a relicked version of Bob Marley's "Soul Rebel", there are no other revitalized classic Jamaican riddims around, which is a good thing.

Although this album is a knock out, it would be an exaggeration to call it a real masterpiece. However this collection definitely ranks as one of Glen Washington's best, so make sure to check it out.