Album review
May Your Food Basket Never Empty
Dennis Brown

Tracking list

  1. The Same Song
  2. Just Another Girl
  3. How Could I Live
  4. Make It Easy On Yourself
  5. Money In My Pocket
  6. Why Did You Leave ?
  7. Straighten My Life
  8. Heartache
  9. Emanuel
  10. Brotherman Unite
  11. Praise Without Raise
  12. Lady Madonna
  13. Joy In The Morning
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Dennis Brown has to be considered 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. 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 is lovers rock, roots & culture or dancehall music, he truly can handle it all and this compact disc proves it once again.
The album is produced by Errol 'Flabba' Holt who stares that "all royalty go to dennis Emmanuel brown family. 100 %.....Dennis would say 'May your food basket never empty'. Bassa Flabba holt say 'Dennis, as long as live, your family food basket shall never be empty'".
On the album you'll find excellent reworkings of some of Jamaica's finest classic tunes like Israel Vibration's "The Same Song", Ken Boothe's "Just Another Girl" and some of Dennis' own vintage tunes such as one of his greatest hits "Money In My Pocket" and "How Could I Live", which was written by Dwight Pinkney. Furthermore the album contains some recordings from the past - with added instruments - like the 1983 recorded "Brotherman Unite", a tune across the 'Shank I Shek' riddim, and "Praise Without Raise" both from the 'Satisfaction Feeling' album.
Any Dennis Brown album is well worth checking out, for the man's integrity and musical craftmanship are beyond any doubt, so grab a copy of this album and enjoy !

Teacher & Mr. T.