Peace & Love
Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 3/4||Sleeve : 4/5|
"My music is a spiritual communication which carries a beat and a message which means peace and love to all nations through creation. Whether you're white, or you're black, whether you're red or you're pink, One Love, One Heart, One Destiny."|
These words by Justin Hinds perfectly summarize his outlook on his music and life. Lyrically Justin Hinds is masterful, utilising the rich Jamaican tradition of proverb and parable to reflect the wide range of issues thrown up by the Jamaican society. Through the years Justin Hinds easily adapted to the musical changes in style and tempo, which kept his popularity undiminished, although he rarely deviated from the pattern of his typical expressive country/gospel tenor lead vocals with empathetic support from the two Dominoes.
He started working in late 1963 for producer Duke Reid and recorded in the period 1964-66 over 60 singles. He stayed with Duke Reid until 1972 and kept recording for a variety of producers. He cut two albums for sound system owner Jack Ruby, and in 1978 he also recorded a handful of singles for female producer Sonia Pottinger. In 1984 he cut the excellent 'Travel With Love' for the Nighthawk Records label. At this moment he has apparently preferred the rural lifestyle to the 'rat race' of Kingston.
This Trojan set contains Duke Reid productions from the period 1964 to 1973. Most of these tracks are in the ska style and the rest in the rocksteady style and early reggae style. This collection shows that Justin Hinds was one of the first artist expressing Rasta themes in his music, and on the other hand regularly drawing more directly on the Old Testament as a source of parable. Together with the Trojan release 'Ska Uprising' (CDTRL 314) it gathers the songs that established him as an artist who favours sincerity and originality over trendiness and gimmickry.