Love Is All
Sankofa Blackstar Musik
July 30, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3|
Even though their career stretches back to the heydays of rocksteady in the 1960s, the Viceroys established their reputation in the dread 1970s. The original Viceroys (then called Voiceroys) included lead vocalist and songwriter Wesley Tinglin and harmony singers Linval Williams and Daniel Bernard. The last two were eventually replaced by Neville Ingram and Norris Reid. The latter had already had a handful of singles released under his own name when he joined the group. This line up had a big hit with the Sly & Robbie produced "Heart Made Of Stone" (1980), and followed it with the self-produced "Shaddai Children" (1981). Their most consistent body of work, however, was facilitated by Linval Thompson and the Roots Radics Band with whom they recorded two superior albums namely "We Must Unite" (1982) and "Brethren & Sistren" (1983). Shortly after this Norris Reid left the Viceroys to concentrate on his solo career with Augustus Pablo. He was replaced by Chris Wayne, who had made a name for himself singing on Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion Sound System. The group then teamed up with Winston Riley and recorded "Chancery Lane", which didn't match the Linval Thompson produced albums. With Michael Gabbidon, who replaced Chris Wayne, Wesley Tingling and Neville Ingram started to record a new album at Channel One, employing the Roots Radics as backing band.