More From A Little
09 - 01 - 2000
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 4/5|
The Brixton based roots label Lion Inc. puts out this brand new release by rootsman Little Roy, whose career started in 1968 at Studio One. There he recorded 'Cool It'. Later he began working for Prince Buster, but he finally achieved initial succes with 'Bongo Nyah', a tune he recorded for the Matador label. In 1972 he set up his own Tafari label and he released some classic roots tunes during the period 1972-1975 : 'Prophecy', 'Tribal War', 'Ticket To Zion', 'Blackbird' and 'Earth'. |
Between 1975-1979 he rested from recordings to feature in The 12 Tribes of Israel functions. He resurfaced in 1980 with excellent tunes like 'Longtime Rocksteady' and 'Way Down In Babylon'. The elusive Rastaman once more went underground for nine years, only breaking his silence when Freddie McGregor covered his classic 'Prophecy' hence in 1989 Little Roy recorded two albums for his Tafari imprint, 'Live On' and 'Little Roy - Prophecy'. In the nineties he went to studio with Adrian Sherwood to record and produce the modern 'Long Time' album for the On-U-Sound label.
"More From A Little" consists of ten vocal roots tracks and one dub track, featuring a jazzy reworking of his classic roots anthem "Prophecy". "Watch Your Back" is a distinctive message song in combination with the deejay Joseph Cotton. The following tune, "Soldier" is an exceptional good tune dealing with "the Lion of Judah...teachings and preachings of Rasta". "Natty Yard" and "Mamma" are two moving Nyahbinghi influenced songs. More outstanding tunes on this solid album are "Owl" and the title track "More From A Little".
The whole album showcases this unique singer/songwriter in fine form. The titles of the tracks give you an idea where he stands, and listening to these tunes you will agree that Little Roy has an authentic voice that ought to be heard by all who prefer roots reggae.