04 - 04 - 2000
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Mikey General was born Michael Taylor on October 9th 1963 and grew up in the Molynes Road district of Kingston. After singing in local school choirs, he served his professional apprenticeship by singing on soundsystems. Ruddy Silence produced his first single 'Roots Me Roots' in early 1980. In 1982 he came to London and quickly established a name for himself.
In 1985 he was voted 'Best Reggae Newcomer' by the readers of Black Echoes. Several singles were released and he and Andrew Paul released an album -Sound Bwoy Burial- in 1986 on the Fashion imprint. Another album followed, compiling his most popular songs from that period. In 1992 he returned to Jamaica just as conscious roots music was beginning to replace slackness and gun lyrics in the dancehalls. After meeting Luciano at Castro Brown's New Name studio in Kingston, the two friends began recording for Xterminator, and once teaming up with Philip 'Fatis' Burrell, Mikey's career blossomed in Jamaica, and subsequently on the worlds reggae markets. His album 'Sinners' was released in 1995, followed by the album 'I'm Just A Rastaman' in 1997. He and Luciano left the Xterminator camp in late 1998, after which they briefly recorded for several other Jamaican producers before forming their own company, Qabalah. |
The album 'Spiritual Revolution' contains a number of singles he recorded for a variety of producers after leaving the Xterminator camp. He and Luciano produced four of the songs found here. Most of the tracks on 'Spiritual Revolution' feature entirely fresh riddims, and arrangements as well as a full array of instruments. The album is a statement for righteousness, searching for ways to strengthen and help liberate others through his music. The sound is rooted in the classic reggae tradition as that of Bob Marley and Burning Spear.
Too Much Revolution, HIM Sons & Daughters, Wisdom and Too Much Revolution are produced by Qabalah, and are outstanding examples of contemporary roots music. Track 2, Jah Inna Mi Head was produced by former Xterminator deejay Shadowman. Saxophonist Dean Fraser is responsable for the production of the wonderful lovers tune Shower You With Love and the roots tune Wash Dem Away. Syl Gordon of 321 Strong Productions produced two of the highlights on the album. First there's the combination tune Love Is What We Need on which Mikey teams up with deejay General Pecos, followed by Queen With A Mind. Culture's 'Two Sevens Clash' is revisited on the track Know Who You Are.
Great stuff !