Album review
Set The Captives Free
Prince Theo
Trinity Records
August 15, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Jah Never Leave Us
  2. Set The Captives Free
  3. The Music
  4. Love Has Got Me
  5. Jah Rules
  6. Show Some Love
  7. Giving You All
  8. Promise
  9. Chant A Bingi Song
  10. Tell Babylon Fi Gwaan
  11. Can't Forget The Times
  12. Born To Be A Lion
  13. Give Love A Chance
  14. Children Beware
  15. African Dreams
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Prince Theo (real name Theodore Bailey) hails from Bath, St Thomas, Jamaica, also home of the internationally well known reggae group, Morgan Heritage. Prince Theo, who got his name from the crew at Rassis International, started to gain some attention from reggae followers with early recordings such as "Jailhouse" on the Linx label, "Gi Mi Di Weed" over the Stalag riddim on King Jammys, "Jah Rules" and "Natty On Ya" on Trinity Records. When Morgan Heritage started to enlisten Prince Theo for Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of their "Family and Friends" compilations he became known to a wider audience. Songs from Prince Theo were also present on two of their other compilations, "Gunz in the Ghetto" and "Shashamane". Besides that Prince Theo is also involved in the Eastman Project. Together with brethrens of St.Thomas he sings on "Three Wise Men", already released on the Morgan Heritage label as well. Other singles that helped spreading his name further were "Tribute to Assata Shakur" for Fire Dis Time, "Show Some Love" on the Peace In The East label, "Set the Captives Free" on Trinity Records and "Brighter Tomorrow" & "So Much Joy" for Soundproof. Furthermore he also released "Bet You Never Know" and "Surprise", the latter on the much-anticipated new riddim from Reggae Vibes Productions Inc., called "Crisis", which also features Bushman, Tony Curtis, Johnny Osbourne and Ras Shiloh.
And now here's his debut album, "Set The Captives Free", which Prince Theo co-produced with Trinity Records' head, the Swiss Michael Burkhalter aka Jahmaik, who also plays bass on the album. On this solid and also entertaining set Prince Theo - whose smooth baritone voice is reminiscent of Luciano and Bushman - shows that he's a fine conscious singer/songwriter who has something to tell. This very talented artist holds firm to the roots music and thus "Set The Captives Free" treats us to positive and upfull lyrics from beginning to end, all delivered over vibrant modern roots riddims. "Jah Never Leave Us", "Set The Captives Free", "Jah Rules", "Tell Babylon Fi Gwaan", "Children Beware" and the Morgan Heritage produced "Can't Forget The Times" across the wicked "Liberation" riddim are the standout tunes on this set. Also the other songs included here have their own merit and deserve some serious listening.
"Set The Captives Free" is a carefully put together album, which fully shows that Prince Theo is an artist who could well be the next big name in Reggae music.

Note : This cd is distributed by Jet Star UK.

Teacher & Mr. T.