Album review
Healing Of All Nations
Yami Bolo
Roots Foundation Records
CD / 2LP

Tracking list

  1. Haile Selassie
  2. Emporer's Version
  3. We Need Love
  4. We Need Version
  5. Jah Is Holy
  6. King David
  7. African People
  8. World Peace
  9. Healing Of All Nations
  10. Secret Babylon
  11. Trigga Happy Kid
  12. Trigga Happy Version
  13. Jah Is My Shepherd
  14. Shepherd's Version
  15. Mystery Babylon
  16. Gidion Getting Hotter
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Two reggae vets, namely Yami Bolo and Linval Thompson, have teamed up for what happens to be, what we would like to call a "modern vintage" album. Roots singer Yami Bolo (born Rolando Ephraim McLean, 1970, Kingston JA) started his musical career as a youngster with Sugar Minott and his Youth Promotion organization, before he cut his first album "Ransom" for singer/producer Junior Delgado in 1989. Performing cultural reggae and getting it out worldwide has always been Yami Bolo's main goal and he has continued to do so up till now. Yami Bolo's vocal delivery can be typified as Waterhouse style, also utilized by singers like for example Junior Reid, Don Carlos and Michael Rose. Singer/producer Linval Thompson started his career in the mid-seventies recording for such ace producers like Phil Pratt, Bunny "Striker" Lee and Lee "Scratch Perry". He took an active role in production and became one of Henry "Junjo" Lawes strongest rivals at the beginning of the eighties, producing highly popular albums with The Wailing Souls, Freddie McGregor, The Viceroys, Barrington Levy and Johnny Osbourne. As a fine singer in his own right he released several singles and albums, among them two splendid albums ("Look How Me Sexy" and "Baby Father") on the Greensleeves label. Both his activities, singing and producing decreased in the second half of the eighties, but now he has returned to producing with Yami Bolo's "Healing Of All Nations" being his first album production for the new millenium.
Yami Bolo largely benefits from the production style and touch of Linval Thompson and the strength of the tough dancehall riddims laid by the Roots Radics during their heydays. Because that's what it is all about... Linval Thompson has taken the original riddim tracks from way back in the eighties, invited Yami Bolo to Black Scorpio Studios and voiced new tunes for the riddims. The final result is a striking one. The vintage riddims sound as fresh and strong as they did then, vocally and lyrically Yami Bolo is at his very best and every track is a real enjoyable piece to listen to as there's no filler to be found. Sometimes it is like walking down memory lane, although the songs are brand new. Besides the fact that "Healing Of All Nations" is one of Yami Bolo's best albums to date this is also a perfect album for all riddim spotters out there. Yami Bolo sings his "Haile Selassie" over Freddie McGregor's "Peaceful Man" riddim, while "Secret Babylon" is delivered over Freddie McGregor's much loved and classic "Big Ship" riddim. Furthermore Linval Thompson's crucial "Six Babylon" riddim track is utilized for the title track "Healing Of All Nations". But there is more... much more. However one has to trace the originals cuts to the riddim tracks by himself. So, purchase this great "modern vintage" album and start spinning and spotting!

NOTE : Roots Foundation Records have cut the LP release as a "double record" set. Due to the limitations in play time with quality vinyl they have made the decision to do this as they didn't want to disturb the true and original fidelity of the compositions. The Reggae Vibes crew is pretty sure that all of you vinyl collectors will appreciate it to the max!!

Teacher & Mr. T.