Album review
Tell It From The Heart
29 - 08 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Intro-Prayer
  2. Ends Of Never
  3. Babylon Go Down
  4. Another Moses
  5. Go To Strive
  6. Only Jah Knows
  7. Bombs
  8. Freedom Train feat. Turbulence
  9. I Grow Up
  10. Ethiopia
  11. You Can Have The World
  12. Peace feat. Taffari & Luton Fyah
  13. Tell It From The Heart
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Lead Instruments : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3

Reading some of my latest reviews you might start wondering if Germany really is Germaica, judging by the amount of high quality reggae produced there. This album will not give reasons for doubt. Luciano's latest album has been produced in a cooperation between Brotherman's "Minor7Flat5" label and the Jamaican team of AL.TA.FA.AN., who in a joint effort already brought us the strong Turbulence album "Different Thing" last June. Luciano's album has been voiced between Autumn 2002 and Spring 2003 in Syl Gordon's 321 Strong studio, most of the riddims were laid by Brotherman at his Brothermans Hill in Gran Canaria, Spain and Wort & Sound Studio in Hamburg, Germany, with all instruments, programming, recording, engineering and mixing by Andreas "Brotherman" Christophersen himself, sometimes spiced up by the drums of Silly Walks Movement's Granville Thomas, and on "Tell It From The Hear"t by a full band at Wort & Sound. The other songs "Got To Strive", "Only Jah Knows", "Freedom", "Ethiopia" and "Peace" have been recorded and at 321 Strong Studio in Jamaica with musicians like George 'Dusty' Miller and Sly Dunbar on drums, Donald "Mr Biggs" Dennis on bass (& piano), Mitchum Chin and Winston "BoPee" Bowen on guitars, Paul "Right Move" Crossdale on keyboards, with the AL.TA.FA.AN of team of Boris "Taffari" Silvera, Anthony "Al" Graham, Anthony Senior and Cedrica "Soljie" Hamilton taking the musical and production credits, and "You Can Have The World" recorded at Tuff Gong studio. Backing vocals by Brian & Tony Gold, Pam Hall and Audrey Motaung as well as Taffari himself only emphasize the great delivery of Luciano's conscious message. Luciano is in very fine form on every song, and his voice was never before so close to the late great Dennis Brown as on "Another Moses". It really is hard to pick a standout song, I simply can recommend every single selection on this disc, although as a Studio One addict it is simply almost impossible not to choose "You Can Have The World", one of the voicings of AL.TA.FA.AN's "Immigration" riddim, actually a remake of the riddim used for Burning Spear's "Fire Down Below" at Studio One. But all other songs rank very close to this selection. Another album that should be added to every rootslovers' collection.