Album review
Slogan On The Wall
The Viceroys
Sankofa Blackstar Musik
July 24, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Love Jah
  2. Guarantee My Love
  3. Don't Cry
  4. So Many Problems
  5. Maga Down
  6. Last Night
  7. Ya Ho
  8. Get Up
  9. Throw Mi Line (aka Fat Fish)
  10. Never Get Away
  11. Jollification
  12. Shadrock, Meshac and Abendigo
  13. Footprints Of Rasta (aka Rasta Footprints)
  14. Slogan On The Wall
  15. We Need Love (aka Love And Unity)
  16. Lose And Again
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Lead vocalist and songwriter Wesley Tinglin moved to Kingston when he was 12 years old, quickly soaking up the rich harmonies of vocal groups like the Wailers and the Maytals. He formed the Viceroys (initially named the Voiceroys) with Daniel Bernard and Linval Williams and the group earned a recording session in 1967 with producer Coxsone Dodd. Though "Lose and Gain" and "Fat Fish" didn't do well, the second session's "Last Night" and "Ya Ho" did much better. 1968 brought the group a deal with Derrick Morgan, who produced several singles during the next three years. During the early 1970s, the Voiceroys also recorded singles for Lloyd "Matador" Daley, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Pete Weston and the Demon label. After Linval Williams left the band, Tinglin recruited Neville Ingram as a replacement. Since then, the group started to record as both the Interns and the Voiceroys. In the mid-70s they returned to Jamaica's legendary Studio One to record songs like "The Struggle" and "Slogan On The Wall". In 1978 the Interns recorded the "Detour" album for Phill Pratt and shortly after this, the group adopted the name the Viceroys, and the line-up stabilised with Wesley Tinglin being supported by harmony singers Neville Ingram and Norris Reid. In 1982 they recorded "We Must Unite", on which the combination of their rural, rootsy harmonies and Linval Thompson's heavy duty production attracted a lot of attention. they then repeated the formula for "Brethren And Sistren" (1983), which became their biggest selling record to date.
"Slogan On The Wall" collects the trio's Studio One singles on one cd release. All tracks included here were earlier featured on the compilation cd "The Viceroys At Studio One: Ya Ho", released by Heartbeat Records in 1995. The Viceroys' smooth vocals, combined with the talented backing of the Soul Vendors, Sound Dimension, Soul Defenders and Studio One Band, makes this release of soulful rock steady and early reggae worth of hearing. Beautiful harmonies, sincere lyrics and timeless riddims mark each track, with standouts being "Love Jah", "So Many Problems", over Horace Andy's wicked "Every Tongue Shall Tell" riddim, "Last Night", "Ya Ho", "Slogan On The Wall", " Footprints Of Rasta" and "Shadrach, Meshach and Abendego", which comes across the "Satta" riddim. This fine collection of tunes proves that the Viceroys are one of Reggae's greatest vocal groups.

Teacher & Mr. T.