Tenor Saw
Tafari Records-Munich
October 31, 2007

Tenor Saw - Fever Track list
  1. Lots Of Sign
  2. Shirley Jones
  3. Pumpkin Belly
  4. Eni Meeni Mini Mo
  5. Roll Call
  6. Fever
  7. Jah Guide And Protect Me
  8. Rub-A-Dub Market
  9. Run Come Call Me
  10. Who's Gonna Help Me Praise
  11. Shirley Dub
  12. Run Come Dub Me
  13. Lots Of Dub
  14. Jah Guide Dub
  15. Rub-A-Dub Dub
  16. Dub Fever
  17. Eni Meeni Mini Mo Dub
  18. Praise Jah With Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3
Tenor Saw aka Clive Bright was born on February 11, 1966 in Kingston. He's rightfully regarded as one of the most prominent dancehall singers of the early digital era. His best-known song was the 1985 hit 'Ring the Alarm' for Techniques producer Winston Riley. His debut was Roll Call in 1984 for George Phang's Powerhouse label after an introduction by Nitty Gritty. During 1985 he sang with Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion sound system and label, recording Lots of Sign and Pumpkin Belly to name but a few. Run Come Call Me, 'Golden Hen' and Fever were also noteworthy hits. His duet with General Doggie on 'Chill Out, Chill Out', for Digital English, was his last dancehall smash. In August 1988 - 22 years of age - his body was found at the side of the road outside Houston, perhaps victim of a hit and run.

Tafari Records puts out the complete 'Fever' album, his debut set from 1986, plus 8 bonus dubtracks. It would have been a Greatest Hits collection if the hits 'Ring the Alarm' and 'Chill Out, Chill Out' would have been included. This album highlights his excellent work for Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion label. If you're a longtime reggae fan you'll probably know most tunes here. Fever and the infectious Lots Of Sign which reworks the classic 'Tonight' riddim, while 'Sleng Teng' is used for the awesome Pumpkin Belly. For the rootical tune Jah Guide And Protect Me he used the bouncy beat from Carlton Livingston's 'Chalice In Mind'. His vocal delivery on the bubbling tune Rub A Dub Market reminds us of Barrington Levy. Shirley Jones shows he was also capable of doing a nice lovers tune. The only weak tune here is Eni Meenie Mino Mo.

Here are the facts:
  • Arranger : Steelie Johnson & Daniel Thompson & Sugar Minott
  • Producer : Sugar Minott & Peter Chemist
  • Engineer : Peter Chemist
  • Drums : Orangutan & Sly Dunbar & Barnabas
  • Bass : Daniel Thompson & Robbie Shakespeare
  • Guitar : Lascelles Beckford & Daniel Thompson
  • Keyboards : Robert Lynn & Oshai & Steelie Johnson
  • Percussions : Skully

  • Studios :
  • Recording : Channel One (Kingston, JA) & Dynamic Sounds (Kingston, JA) & Music Mountain (Kingston, JA)
  • Mixing : Music Mountain (Kingston, JA)
Historical stuff!