Where Is Your Love Mankind
Rod Taylor
October 13, 2007

Rod Taylor - Where Is Your Love Mankind Track list
  1. Where is Your Love Mankind
  2. Mr Money Man
  3. Give Me Your Love Forever
  4. Lazy Woman
  5. Yes We're Gonna Get Over
  6. True History
  7. Them Top Ranking
  8. Lonely Lonely Lonely
  9. Stand Up Firm
  10. Arleen
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Born in Trenchtown, Kinston 12, Jamaica, on March 2nd 1957, Rod Taylor was known as Rocky T (also “Rock-stone”) as a child after had given birth to him on the kerbside. From the age of twelve, he was singing on that same street corner and entering local talent competitions. After auditioning for the likes of Coxsone Dodd and Joe Gibbs, he then sang in a band called the Aliens with Barry Brown before recording his debut songs "Bad Man Comes And Goes" and "Every Little Thing" for producer Ossie Hibbert.

Encouraged by Sugar Minott and Tony Tuff of the African Brothers, he soon gained popularity on the Kingston dancehall circuit, with such renowned soundsystems as Kenyatta, Tippatone, Socialist Roots, Gemini, Kilimanjaro, Sturgav, Youthman Promotion and Stereophonic (where he shared a mic with the late General Echo) all welcoming him to their control towers.

A clutch of classic tunes for the Freedom Sounds label circa 1978 – including "Ethiopians Kings", "In The Right Way" and "Don't Give It Up" – then brought him to wider prominence and paved the the way for further studio recordings produced by the late Prince Far I, Prince Hammer, Don Mais, Manzie's and Mikey Dread, for whom he voiced the unforgettable scorcher "His Imperial Majesty".

He then recorded an album for Sugar Minott's Youth promotion label, but that remains unreleased to this day. Therefore the Prince Hammer produced "If Jah Should Come Now" set, which appeared on the Little Luke label in 1980, became Rod Taylor's official debut set. That same year Greensleeves issued his next album called "Where Is Your Love Mankind", which boasted production work from the late Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, and utilized musicians such as Sly Dunbar, Style Scott, Santa Davis, Bingy Bunny, Errol 'Flabba' Holt, Headley Bennett, Bobby Ellis, Val Bennett, Gladstone Anderson, Ansel Collins, Bongo Herman and others. All tracks were recorded at Channel One and were mixed by Scientist at King Tubby's.

The re release of the classic "Where Is Your Love Mankind" set has been long overdue, but thanks to Greensleeves' recently started re-issue programme can now be added to the reggae collection of the vintage aficionado. No bonus material included here, but simply the album in its original form. With a voice reminiscent of Horace Andy, Rod Taylor treats the listener to a commendable mix of social commentary ("Where Is Your Love Mankind"), matters of the heart ("Give Me Your Love Forever") and rebellion ("Yes We're Gonna Get Over"). The title track "Where Is Your Love Mankind", "Mr Money Man" and "Stand Up Firm" are the strongest efforts here, but everything else stands as representative of the tough singer's work and the time.

Solid roots material from an artist who was a consistently popular youthman singer in the late 70s/early 80s.