Lips Of Wine / The Roots Of Dennis Brown
Dennis Brown
Trojan Records
December 24, 2007

Dennis Brown Track list
  1. Lips Of Wine
  2. Don't You Cry
  3. Baby Don't Do It
  4. Stick By Me
  5. Let Love In
  6. Song My Mother Used To Sing
  7. Pretend
  8. Wichita Lineman
  9. I Didn't Know
  10. Run Too Tuff
  11. Lightning & Thunder
  12. Why Seek More
  13. Go Now
  14. Rock With Me Baby
  15. Show Us The Way
  16. My Mama Say
  17. Love jah
  18. Live After You
  19. Moving Away
  20. You're No Good
  21. Only A Smile
  22. Tenement Yard
  23. Have You Ever
  24. Hold On To What You Got
  25. Wild Fire (with John Holt)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4/5
Dennis Brown is one of the most prolific and popular reggae artists ever. He was born in 1956 and started recording for producer Coxsone Dodd, while still in his childhood. In the 70s and early 80s he established himself as a major force in reggae music with numerous roots and lovers cuts for several leading producers. Throughout his three decades spanning career he has delivered about 65 albums, compilation sets included - he has always continued to win new fans and please old ones with his music.

So, it's no wonder Dennis Brown has been called one of the most dependable performers in reggae. In fact, the late great Bob Marley referred to him as his favorite singer, which is quite a compliment. In the nineties he remained a name always worth watching out for. He passed away on July 1st, 1999. A whole generation of Jamaicanís and reggae fans literally grew up with his music. A devout Rastafarian and a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel Organization, Dennis Brown was a musical genius and he will be dearly missed. No doubt Dennis Brown (also known as the Crown Prince of Reggae Music) was one of Jamaica's sweet- voiced singers, who has never limited himself to one style. Whether it was lovers rock, roots & culture or dancehall music, he truly could handle it all.

'Lips Of Wine/The Roots Of Dennis Brown' compiles a large amount lesser-known sides for producers such as Derrick Harriott, Alvin Ranglin, Lloyd Daley, Phil Pratt, Bunny Lee, Herman Chin-Loy, Sly & Robbie, Joe Gibbs, and, mainly, Niney the Observer. Dennis Brown fans will know and love this selection of tunes. Outstanding tracks here are the duet Wild Fire with John Holt which they recorded in 1985 for ace producer Bunny Lee. The fabulous Lips Of Wine opens the album. A lesser known gem is Song My Mother Used To Sing produced in 1971 by Herman Chin Loy of Aquarius Records. Being fond of soul and pop music, Dennis recorded several covers such as Pretend, Wichita Lineman and Stick By Me.

A satisfying compilation set.