Album review
RAS Portraits...Barrington Levy
Barrington Levy

Tracking list

  1. Do the dance
  2. Prison Oval rock
  3. Robber man
  4. Living dangerously (featuring Bounty Killer)
  5. Under mi sensi
  6. Looking my love (vocal version)
  7. Little children cry
  8. Hypocrites
  9. Vibes is right
  10. Here I come
  11. Mary long tongue
  12. Please Jah Jah
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Barrington Levy's distinctive whining voice and ghetto patois phrasing has made him one of reggae's most requested vocalists. Producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes was one of the first producers who recognised his talents and in 1979 Barrington hit the Jamaican and UK charts with "Shine Eye Gal" on the Jah Guidance label. Since then Barrington Levy gained prominence and he recorded for "Junjo" , Linval Thompson, Milton Welch, and Joe Gibbs. In the mid-eighties he linked up with Jah Screw and scored big with "Under mi sensi" from the hit album "Here I come". Barrington entered the nineties with the excellent "Divine" album for Island, and has been in the charts since then, his duet with Bounty Killer, "Living dangerously" being a massive hit in 1995. This compilation has some fine "Junjo" productions as well as his two mid-eighties hits "Under mi sensi" and "Here I come". Sorely missed are the Bob Andy covers "Too experienced" and "My time" from the "Divine" album, but nevertheless this set is a fine showcase of Barrington's talents.

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