Album review
The Best Of Reggae Live
Lt. Stitchie
Innerbeat Music

Tracking list

  1. Introduction
  2. Follow Me
  3. Speech
  4. Fuss Time Parents
  5. Speech
  6. Wear You Size
  7. Big Broad Hip And Small Waist
  8. Know How To Dress
  9. Learn About Your Body
  10. All Nations
  11. Encore
  12. Confession
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Lt. Stitchie - real name Cleveland Laing - started his career in 1979 as a singer but very soon turned to deejaying when he started to work with sound systems like Django, City Lights and Stereo One. Initiatially adapting the name Citchie from his love for citrus fruit he became Stitchie thanks to a label misspelling when his second single was released. In 1986 he teamed up with producer King Jammy, a successful move in his musical career 'cause a year later Stitchie became Lieutenant, was voted "DJ Of The Year" in Jamaica and established his name among a broader audience with his solid debut album "Great Ambition" aka "Wear Yu Size", which featured his first two major hits "Wear Yu Size" and "Broad Hips", both featured on this live album as well. Then US major label Atlantic signed him and released three albums in the next five years. After being low profile for some years he made Lt. Stitchie made a successful comeback in the second half of the nineties.
One of the chatter's most anticipated skills is his gift for amusing and sharp storytelling, probably due to the fact that he was a schoolteacher at the time he made his entrance in the music business. Furthermore he is capable of adopting several different voices while delivering his tune. Samples of these skills can be captured on this live recording, which features plenty lyrics and spoken words from the Lieutenant, who is given nuff room by the backing band. This album is a fine document for all Stitchie fans, although they will regret the ommission of the event and year of the recording.

Teacher & Mr. T.