Putting Up Resistance
VP Records-Walboomers Music
December 28 - 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Beres Hammond's career started around 1973 when he performed in one of Winston Merritone Blake's amateur shows. He won and afterwards the producers rushed him. By 1975 Beres Hammond had become Zap Pow's lead vocalist, singing on "Zap Pow" (Mango, '78), and "Reggae Rules" (Rhino, '80) while still recording as Beres Hammond. In '79, he went solo, and in decidedly un-Jamaican fashion, released the album "Soul Reggae" (Aquarius,'76) rather than a string of singles. It took off, but when shops clamored for an album single, he and friend (and producer) Willie Lindo recorded an additional ballad, "One Step Ahead" instead. It reached number one, putting Beres on the map. Another hit, "I'm in Love" (Joe Gibbs) dropped in '78, and in '79, he created a track for the film "Children of Babylon." But he wasn't making money, so he spent time doing backup vocals. In order to have something of his own to fall back on, Beres formed his own label, Harmony House in the mid '80s. A change was coming. In '85, he released two singles; 'Groovy Little Thing' and with Lindo, a tune called 'What One Dance Can Do'. The latter blew up, both scored internationally and were released on the album "Beres Hammond". Further quality sets stormed the charts and in 1990 he released an album called 'Putting Up Resistance' which he recorded with deejay/producer Tappa Zukie. Beres is a man equally at home singing soothing lovers, dancehall ballads, reality songs and classic modern roots. He's widely regarded as Jamaica’s most prolific crooner, his track record of hit songs is unprecedented in reggae. There are few reggae singers whose career would contain so many hits; Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, maybe Luciano.