Album review
Judy Mowatt
Jet Star

Tracking list

  1. The Gardener
  2. Turn ! Turn ! Turn !
  3. Ooh Child (Reggae Mix) featuring Yeshemabeth
  4. Standing In The Gap featuring Fahrenheit
  5. Ordinary Servant
  6. Oh Happy Day
  7. I Want To Thank You featuring Yeshemabeth
  8. Thank You Lord
  9. Show Love
  10. Ooh Child (NY Mix)
  11. I Want To Thank You featuring Papa San
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

In the early seventies Judy Mowatt hooked up with Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths to form the I-Threes, the background vocalists of the legendary Bob Marley. However, this didn't mark the start of her career because she had entered music business in the second half of the sixties. While working with Bob Marley she continued her solo career and had the honour of being the first female artist in Jamaica to produce her own album, the highly acclaimed "Black Woman".
Her latest album is this well varied set, produced by Claude Evans, the producer of Shinehead's classic 'Roug & Rugged' album. The album kicks of with a satisfying remake of her 70s hits The Gardener. The American West Coast group The Byrds had a substantial hit with Turn ! Turn ! Turn !, a song from the book of Ecclesiates. Her rendition of this song is an uptempo reggae version, while the next track Ooh Child features the talents of Judy's daughter Yeshemabeth McGregor. You'll also find a remixed version of this song on the album. Standing In The Gap -a ballad- features the soulful voice Fahrenheit.
The excellent track Ordinary Servant is based on Luciano's song 'In This Together', but the the gospel track Oh Happy Day fails to make a decent impression. I Want To Thank You is a nice r&b track and thank You Lord is a straight one drop reggae version of Bob's song.
Judy Mowatt's latest set is a varied set of reggae, gospel, r&b and ballads. Due to the dynamic voice of the 'Black Woman' herself and the sophisticated production this is an album well worth checking out.

Teacher & Mr. T.