Album review
Lion A Go Bite Yu
Prince Allah
Headphone Music

Tracking list

  1. Red Gold And Green Upfront
  2. Upful And Right
  3. Miracle
  4. No Fun
  5. Poor Man Feel It
  6. Forty Days And Forty Nights
  7. Lion A Go Bite Yu
  8. Stay In My World
  9. Miserable Woman
  10. Lately - Missing You
  11. Devil Woman
  12. Miracle (Remix)
  13. Ruff Way Ahead
  14. Thank You Lord
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Lion A Go Bite Yu" is a brand new compilation set - the first CD release on "Headphone Music" - which collects 14 interesting tracks recorded by roots legend Prince Allah in Jamaica between 1976 and the mid-eighties for a variety of producers. Born Keith Blake, 1950, Kingston, Jamaica, Prince Allah began his career as a member of the rocksteady outfit the Leaders with whom he recorded for Joe Gibbs. After the split-up of the Leaders he stayed with Gibbs who produced his first solo recording. As a result of his strong involvement in the Rastafarian movement Prince Allah withdrew from the musical scene and joined his fellow Rastafarians in the Island's camp community. In the mid-seventies his good friend, producer Bertram Brown, persuaded him to restart his recording career. The result was a string of excellent recordings for Bertram Brown's "Freedom Sounds" imprint, that have since proved landmarks in the history of roots music (check the crucial Blood & Fire compilation set "Only Love Can Conquer 1976-79"). These recordings were soon followed by an album for Tappa Zukie entitled "Heaven is My Roof". Since he has sporadically released new material there are only a few Prince Allah albums available.
Compiler Ras Phillip has gatherered some fine message tunes and lovers cuts, including a couple of rare tracks, from Prince Allah's early days with Freedom Sounds at King Tubby's studio when he was backed by the Soul Syndicate right through to the early eighties when he recorded at Channel One and Tuff Gong with ace musicians like Sly & Robbie, Ansel Collins, Ranchie, Duggie and "Deadly Headly" Bennett. Prince Allah's distinguished and fine vocal talent shines bright and his unique delivery of spiritual and prophetic messages is impressive as ever. "Lion A Go Bite Yu" contains so many solid tracks that it is hard to point out the best tunes. So we will stick to our personal favourites : "Red Gold And Green Upfront", "Poor Man Feel It" and "Lately - Missing You".
This compilation set should not be overlooked by anyone who likes traditional roots reggae.

Teacher & Mr. T.