Album review
Stand Up
Caribbean Pulse
Irie Records
27 - 11 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Victory
  2. Freedom
  3. Dry Your Eyes
  4. Woman
  5. Join Forces
  6. Stand Up
  7. Unity
  8. Where Did The Love Go
  9. Let Love
  10. Misty Moonlight
  11. Day By Day
  12. Dry Your Eyes (Remix with Tony Rebel)
  13. I Like It
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Caribbean Pulse is formed by William (Billy) Smith Jr., adding the titles of leader, organizer, spiritual guide and rhythm guitarist to an already busy schedule, with talented lead singer, songwriter, and percussionist Ezzy (pronounced 'easy') Judah, known as an energetic and charismatic performer, extremely talented young vocalist and composer LaNiece McKay, 21-year-old Jason "BassyJ" Smith, a self-contained producer, songwriter, arranger & bass player, with his talented brother 'Billy' on rhythm guitar and multi-talented cousin Gil Smith on keyboards, are joined by a full compliment of musicians, including drummer Carlton 'Santa' Davis, keyboardist Michael Hyde, guitarist Steve Verhault, and the 'steamin' horn section of Mike McGuffey on trumpet, trombonist Mike Daigeau and Gary Herbig on saxophone. With the release of the video-backed single Dry Your Eyes, in combination with Jamaican roots deejay Tony Rebel on vocals the band received rave reviews from reggae critics and fans alike. Their "Stand Up" album is a fine and mature collection of some 13 songs. The album has become a well varied set with enough solid songs to please the average reggae fan. Here you will find strong roots 'n' culture tunes such as the opening track Victory, our favourite tracks Join Forces, Stand Up and also Freedom. On the other hand they also know how to lay down a decent lovers rock song : Check out the beautiful tracks Woman, Misty Moonlight and Where Did The Love Go. Produced by internationally acclaimed and talented producer Fabian Cooke the band has released a fine collection of tunes.

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