Album review
Young At Heart
Studio One
July 14, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Stop Crying
  2. Smile
  3. Financial Crisis (aka Have A Little Faith)
  4. Young At Heart
  5. Midnight Hour
  6. True Confession
  7. It's Real
  8. Things Gonna Change
  9. Sufferer's Child
  10. Be Thankful (aka Cheating & Lying)
  11. Sweet Baby
  12. Much Too Wise (aka Foolish Mind)
  13. What's Wrong
  14. Get Ready
  15. Teardrops Will Fall
  16. Make A Joyful Noise
  17. Destiny
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 3

The Silvertones were undoubtedly one of the greatest harmony trios of the rock steady era. The original line-up of Delroy Denton, Gilmour Grant and Keith Coley began their recording career at Duke Reidís Treasure Isle studio in 1965, where they cut such outstanding titles as "Midnight Hour", "True Confession" and "Itís Real" all Treasure Isle titles included on this Studio One compilation as well. After the death of Duke Reid they moved to Lindon Pottingerís Tip Top label, for whom they recorded "Suffererís Child". Around 1966 they made their first recordings for Studio One, like the opener "Stop Crying" over the Heptones 'I've Got The Handle'-riddim. Shortly after joining Studio One Delroy Denton emigrated, and his place was more than adequately filled by Clinton 'Tennessee' Brown. The group continued performing and recording until Clintonís untimely death on March 17th, 1999. The absolute classic "Smile" of which the riddim may be familiar to younger listeners as being the backing for Garnett's Silk's "Mama Africa". The reality of "Financial Crisis" and "Young At Heart" over Ken Boothe's 1968 'Without Love'-riddim. And the absolute excellent stuff just keeps coming, "Things Gonna Change" over Winston Jarrett's 'I Was Born To Be Loved'-riddim, the aforementioned "Sufferer's Child, "Be Thankful", "Sweet Baby" and "Much Too Wise" over Bob Andy's classic 1968 'Too Experienced'-riddim. "What's Wrong", "Get Ready", "Teardrops Will Fall" and "Make A Joyful Noise" over Cornell Campbell & the Eternals classic 1969 'Stars'-riddim are equally strong showcases of the fabulous harmonies. And another eye-opener for the youngsters is their "Destiny", much better known in the version Buju Banton recorded as one of the best loved songs of his "Inna Heights" album. This album is brilliant, showcasing the heights of Jamaican harmonies and the strength of Studio One's legacy.