Album review
King Son
Sugar Minott
Smugg Records

Tracking list

  1. All Kinda People (with African Brothers)
  2. Righteous Kingdom (with African Brothers)
  3. Youths Of Today (with African Brothers)
  4. The Struggle
  5. Evening Time
  6. You Tried To Hurt Me
  7. Lead Us Father (with African Brothers)
  8. Fight Rasta
  9. King Son (with African Brothers)
  10. False Rumours
  11. Love We Had
  12. Sister
  13. Life Without Money
  14. Is It True
  15. You're Too Bad *
  16. Be Careful *
  17. Control Me *
  18. Prophecy *
  19. Dread *
  20. You Make Me Feel So Good
  21. Africa
  22. Identify Yourself *

    * indicates previously unreleased tracks.
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Lincoln "Sugar" Minott is definitely one of the cornerstones of reggae music and thus can be reckoned among Jamaica's most respected artists. During his career, which spans almost three decades by now, he has established his name as promoter of fresh Jamaican talent, sound system operator, accomplished producer, songwriter and, of course, singer. As a singer he is loved for his rich, silky smooth voice and the consistency of delivery. Although he emerged as a conscious roots reggae singer his hit songs span roots 'n' culture, raggamuffin, lovers and broader themes. As always it's Sugar Minott's voice - controlled, captivating and uncontrived - that caresses the ears while listening to the tunes of this notable compilation set.
This great "King Son" album documents Sugar Minott's early days with the African Brothers, an impressive vocal-harmony group that teamed Sugar with Tony Tuff and Derrick "Bubbles" Howard, and his days at the "Uptempo" stable of Stephen King. The opening cut across the original Studio One riddim of Wailing Souls' "Mr. Fire Coal Man" is a real killer and just one of the highlights. Also the other tracks delivered by the African Brothers, "Righteous Kingdom", "Lead Us Father", Youths Of Today" and "King Son", are true roots classics. These wonderful pieces fully showcase their adaptation of the Abyssinians' style of close harmonizing on minor-chord melodies. On the other hand one is treated to a whole heap of excellent solo cuts from Sugar Minott himself. As there are too many to mention we just stick to our personal favorites which include "Evening Time", "You Tried To Hurt Me", "Fight Rasta", "False Rumours", "Life Without Money", "Is It True", "Be Careful", "Prophecy" and "Dread". The only tune that doesn't really fit this collection is "You're Too Bad", not because it lacks quality but due to the fact that it comes from a later period in Sugar Minott's career. Musicians who contribute on this album are The Aggrovators, Jackie Mittoo, Studio One Band, Black Roots, The Bays and Uptempo Players.

Note : Most of the tracks included on this set were featured on a cd entitled "The Sugar Minott Story", which was released on the "Uptempo" label some years ago.

Teacher & Mr. T.