Slave Ship
Jungle Jim
Jungle Jimuzik
January 10, 2010

Jungle Jim - Slave Ship Track list
  1. Imperial Speech
  2. 23rd Psalm
  3. Slave Ship
  4. Same Way
  5. The People
  6. Intelligence Community
  7. The Illuminate
  8. Ahh True You
  9. Poor People Ting
  10. You Should Know
  11. Denying
  12. Two Strangers
  13. I Miss You
  14. Try A Little Ting
  15. Signs Of Madness
  16. Same Way Remix
  17. The Zone
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Total votes : 25
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
In 1997 we reviewed the album 'Everything Is Everything' by Sean Johnson, better known as Jungle Jim. We were impressed by the man's effort: "a roots singer with a real good, appealing voice and enough uplifting conscious lyrics... Jungle Jim is truly well worth checking out and hopefully we're going to be hearing a lot of him".

Jungle Jim was born into a musically oriented family and while attending the Ardenne High School in Kingston, Jamaica, young Sean started honing his musical skills and was soon broadening his repertoire at Sugar Minott's famous 'Youthman Promotion' studio. This was his introduction to a recording career, that became under the management of Percy Chin and Hyman Wright of Jah Life Records. His solo debut album "Everything Is Everything" was released by Life Time Records for Jah Life Publishing some 13 years ago, and did, despite the promise it contained, unfortunately not lead to cementing a position as a renown roots singer. His albums "Same Way" and the compilation (featuring Gregory Isaacs and Sugar Minott and Blade and Marlon Stewart also featured on the 'You Should Know'-riddim) "Rise" went unnoticed. He also made name as the producer of Junior Kelly's "Better Place" for his own Jungle JiMuzik Global imprint. In 2005 the one riddim album 'You Should Know' was released and got rave reviews from the reggae community. The title track of that album is included on his new album as well.

Here is his new album (although released about a year ago) called "Slave Ship", which is a solid and heartfelt collection of roots tunes and an occasional lovers tune like I Miss You. After the Imperial Speech the music starts with 23rd Psalms, which happens to be a deep roots tune inna nyabinghi style. Next comes the title track, and the tempo goes up! It's a tune with dancehall influences, yet it's an impressive roots tune, with a style reminding us of Damain "Junior Gong" Marley. The songs Same Way and The People are above average efforts and Intelligence Community is a non-standard reggae tune, definitely well worth checking out. Good lyrics too!

The Illuminate tells us about "a system creating chaos and confusion". The next tune -Ahh True You (Because Of You) is a moving political/social song. It's a song about the poor people in our society and the political powers and people which are responsible for that. Poor People Ting deals with the same issues. "Ghetto youths... immigrants... poor people... rastaman... come sound the alarm!". Denying starts with a Spanish guitar intro, and it reminds us of the acoustic 'You Should Know' riddim.

Two Strangers is a decent song with a nice arrangement. Good tune! Good vibes galore on Try A Little Ting a tune with a Michael Rose-a-like intro. The next tune carries dancehall influences, as Jungle Jim demonstrates he knows how to rap across a hard riddim. This song dates from 1996 and was produced by Herman Chin-Loy. The Same Way - Remix is not our cup of tea, although it's certainly not a weak effort. The album closes with an uncredited dancehall/hip hop track called The Zone.

Here's the list of musicians involved in this project:
  • Jungle Jim - Acoustic bass & guitars / Lead voice + harmony on some tracks
  • Dean Fraser - Horns + harmony
  • Paul 'Pablove Black' Dixon - Keyboards / Synthesizer bass
  • Paul 'Iteck' Gauntlett - Bass / Keyboards / Mixing
  • Mark Charlton - Violins / Electric violin
  • Bongo Herman and Marijah - Congos
  • Bongo Herman - Percussion
  • Carl Peterson - Keyboards synthesizer
  • Albert 'Ilawi' Malawi - Drums
  • Grubs - Drums
  • David Simmonds - Drums
  • Paul 'Itek' Gauntlett and Carl Peterson - Drum Programmes
  • Harmony - The first (I) eye