Inna De Yard
Mighty Diamonds
Inna De Yard
January 27, 2008

Track list
  1. Country Living
  2. Bodyguard
  3. Poor Marcus Garvey
  4. 4000 Years
  5. I Need A Roof
  6. Leaders Of Black Country
  7. When The Right Time Come
  8. Go Seek Your Rights
  9. Have Mercy
  10. One Brother Short
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3
Formed in December 1969, the Mighty Diamonds, consisting of Donald 'Tabby' Shaw, Fitzroy 'Bunny' Shaw and Lloyd 'Judge' Ferguson and unlike e.g. Israel Vibration, The Gladiators, or The Abyssinians, still performing in its original line-up, is one of the most successful and finest vocal harmony groups to emerge in Jamaica in the mid-'70s, an era in Jamaica's musical history which is commonly known as 'the heydays of Roots Reggae'.

After having unsuccessfully recorded for Stranger Cole and Rupie Edwards, among others, they achieved their breakthrough when they started recording for the Hoo-Kim brothers' Channel One studios. A staggering series of 7" singles, including big hits like "Right Time", "Have Mercy", "I Need A Roof" and "Africa", made that Jamaica erupted into Diamonds-mania and at the same time it brought the Channel One 'rockers' sound to prominence. It was more or less the combination of the trio's immaculate harmonies and the do-overs of timeless Studio One riddims by Channel One's house band The Revolutionaries (with Sly Dunbar having developed a militant style of drumming), which defined the 'Rockers' phase that ruled Jamaican music for the next couple of years. Throughout the '80s and '90s the Mighty Diamonds have continued to build on their reputation with regular releases for a variety of different producers and some self-produced material.

As the trio's golden years were with the Hoo-Kim brothers it surely doesn't come as a surprise that this brand new "Inna De Yard" set features nine tunes from the most successful period in their musical career. Only the 1983 released "Leaders Of Black Country" was done for Tappa Zukie & Roy Sinclair aka Blackbeard. Recorded in mid-February 2007 in Earl 'Chinna' Smith's yard in Kingston 10, the Mighty Diamonds show why they became one of the most famous Jamaican vocal groups in the 70s and 80s. Solely accompanied by acoustic guitars and percussion their uncanny ability to write catchy, meaningul songs, and of course, the group's great vocal abilities, come to full expression in each and every track included on this album.

Great to hear all these wonderful tunes the way they were created...