Album review
Solitary Red Rose
Glen Washington
Ruff Stuff Records

Tracking list

  1. We've Got To Make It
  2. What A Man Sow
  3. Solitary Red Rose
  4. African Daughter
  5. Crazy World
  6. Winner
  7. Harvest Time
  8. If Only You
  9. Reggae Music
  10. Oh What Feeling
  11. Payaka
  12. Reggae Music Dub
  13. Oh What A Feeling Dub
  14. Crazy World Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Glen Washington is one of those countless reggae artists who enjoyed a brief moment of success and then vanished into obscurity. He topped the charts with the single 'Rockers Nu Crackers' for producer Joe Gibbs in the late 70s. He resurfaced last year with the excellent 'Brother To Brother' for Coxsone Dodd. With his distinctive and soulful voice he easily voices over some classic Studio One riddims. Solitary Red Rose is one of his latest outings which he recorded for producer Junior Ewart for the Ruff Stuff Records label.
His distinctive vocal delivery is smooth, soulful and enjoyable throughout the entire album and the backing is provided by The Ruff Stuff Band. It's too bad the backing does not include horns but the sounds of a synthesizer.
The album is filled with a mixture of roots tunes such as We've Got To Make It, What A Man Sow, Crazy World and the oustanding Harvest Time and lovers rock songs like Solitary Red Rose, Winner and If Only You. Next to a handful of original titles Glen Washington does some excellent covers of Jamaican standards.
Glen Washington's Solitary Red Rose is a fine album well worth checking out.

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