Revenge Of The Underdog
Singers & Players
February 14, 2010

Track list
  1. Dungeon / Merchant Ship / Jah Army Band feat. Lizard Logan, Prince Far I & Bim Sherman
  2. Too Much Work Load feat. Bim Sherman
  3. Prodigal Son feat. Prince Far I
  4. Follower feat. Jah Woosh
  5. Water The Garden feat. Prince Far I
  6. Resolution (Part 2/Version 2)
  7. Thing Called Love (Don't Fight) feat. Lizard Logon
  8. Cha-ris-ma feat. Prince Far I
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
After having worked for UK distributor Carl Palmer in the mid-70s, 1958 born Adrian Sherwood started running the Hitrun label in 1978 on which he released Jamaican-recorded music by the likes of Bobby Melody, Carol Kalphat, Prince Far I to name three. Two years later, in 1980, the young record producer formed his own On-U Sound label which enabled him to put out production works of his own. By fusing elements of reggae with rock, dance and funk influences he soon achieved a coherent and individual production style. One of his first projects was Singers & Players, which intended to bring together a loose collective of vocalists, deejays, musicians and engineers. Part of this collective were people like Bim Sherman, Prince Far I, Jah Woosh, Mikey Dread, Roydel Johnson aka Congo Ashanti Roy, Tony Phillips, Clifton "Bigga" Morrison, Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie, and Style Scott.

The Singers & Players' sophomore album "Revenge Of The Underdog", which kicks off in fine style with a rendition of the Wailing Souls' classic sufferer's song "Dungeon" from 1971 as part of the spliced trio "Dungeon / Merchant Ship / Jah Army Band ", doesn't fully live up to expectations raised by the great and rather successful "War Of Words", which was released some three months earlier. The debut set was dominated by great heavy, slow, dub-like riddims and benefited from the vocal talent and songwriting skills of Bim Sherman. Here the latter plays a minor role and thus Lizard Logan, Jah Woosh and Prince Far I have to make the difference. Unfortunately that ain't the case. Most of their efforts, with the exception of Prince Far I's "Water The Garden" and perhaps the cryptic "Cha-ris-ma", are dull and fail to cause real excitement. In many cases the riddims can raise the level of enjoyment to acceptable heights, but they aren't that strong either. Luckily there's still Bim Sherman, whose "Too Much Work Load") makes a solid impression.

All the things that worked so well on "War Of Words" are more or less absent on "Revenge Of The Underdog", which makes this a rather mediocre collection of tunes.