Album review
I Must Tell Jesus
Tony Brevette
Jet Star / Gospel Times
22 - 09 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Let Us Praise Jesus Now
  2. Old Time Religion
  3. Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus
  4. I Just Wanna Be Where You Are
  5. Precious Memories
  6. Draw Me Nearer
  7. Where Could I Go
  8. I Want To Be More Like Jesus
  9. Why Worry
  10. I Must Tell Jesus
  11. In The Eye Of The Storm
  12. In Times Like These
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

In 1965 Brent Dowe, Tony Brevette and Trevor McNaughton (later replaced by Robert Coggle) assembled as The Melodians. In April 1966 the group started recording for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, but only two out of four tracks were released. The following years the group enjoyed a string of hits for top " rocksteady" producer Duke Reid : "You don't need me" , "Come on little girl" , "You caught me" and "I will get along". These songs showcase the trio's cool, precise harmonies. In 1968 they scored with "Little nut tree" and the immortal "Swing and dine" for female producer Sonia Pottinger. In 1969 they teamed up with producer Leslie Kong. Their first and biggest hit outside Jamaican came in that year when they cut "Rivers of babylon", reputedly selling 75,000 copies in the UK alone. The relationship between Kong an The Melodians proved successful with titles like " Sweet sensation", b/w "It's my delight" and "Rock it with me". After Kong's untimely death in 1971 they recorded for a number of producers (Lee Perry, Mrs. Sonia Pottinger, Duke Reid, Harry J.). In 1975 the group split up, but they re-formed in 1976 recording many of their old hits for Harry J. with backing of the Soul Syndicate band. In the mid-eighties the trio re-formed once again, however with little success.
Now Tony Brevette comes up with the album 'I Must Tell Jesus', which is released on Jet Star's new subsidiary label Gospel Times. The album contains 12 tunes which stay in the sentimental arena and praise the creator with all the energy that he is due. As one might expect Tony Brevette frequently uses the themes of God's love, spiritual blessings, redemption, and the joy of Christ. Recorded at Bunny Lee's studios and backed by such fine musicians as Mafia & Fluxy, Sly & Robbie and Ansel Collins, he delivers a satisfying effort. This goes not only for those who are into "religious" moods, but also for anyone who likes to listen to enjoyable and quality reggae music. Tony Brevette's vocal performances are truly worth listening to as he happens to be a mature singer with a very soulful and appealing voice. Except for the first tune, which is a ballad, all the tracks treat you to a firm one-drop reggae, utilising various classic riddims such as 'Conversation' -Where Could I Go , Old Time Religion- , 'Stars' on I Want To Be More Like Jesus, 'Things And Time' on Why Worry and Precious Memories uses the immortal 'Heavenless' riddim.
Even for the non-religious reggae fans, this album is a vocal and musical treat.

Teacher & Mr. T.