Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Say Something
Tony Tuff
Minor7Flat5-Groove Attack
CD
October 27, 2006

Track list
  1. Fulfillment Time feat. Smokie Benz
  2. Boom Shakatak
  3. Say Something
  4. Walk And Talk
  5. The Work
  6. Action
  7. Do Me
  8. Real
  9. Mankind feat. Al Pancho
  10. Nice And Lovely
  11. Shake
  12. Good Life
  13. Stronger
  14. Just A Minute
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Tony Tuff, the reggae and dancehall veteran singer who was born Winston Morris in 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica. He started his career singing as a founder member in the vocal group the African Brothers alongside Sugar Minott and Derrick ‘Bubbles’ Howard. Most of this group's classic tracks are collected on the excellent "Want Some Freedom". In 1978 the African Brothers broke up and Sugar Minott went to Studio One to begin his well-documented solo career. Tony became the lead singer for the Soul Syndicate band as well as embarking on his own solo venture. His first release "I'm So Glad", a self-production, was a reasonable success and gave him the confidence to continue. One of his first solo albums was produced by Sugar Minott in 1980 and was titled "Presenting Tony Tuff". Tony also recorded a number of killer roots side such as "Rumours Of War" and "One Big Family", the latter for Yabby You, and both of these were large hits on the UK reggae scene. Yabby You also produced the album "Tony Tuff" that was released on the Grove Muzic label (a subsidary of Island Records) in the UK. In the early 80s Tony Tuff became part of the famous Volcano sound system owned by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, who was at that time the leading dancehall producer in Jamaica. He performed alongside Barrington Levy, Little John, Toyan, Josey Wales, Lee Van Cleef, Yellowman and others, and became a household reggae name. In the digital age in the 90s a body of work followed for Donovan Germain's then leading Penthouse label, and even for the relaunched Studio One label. Tony was involved in the Blood & Fire project "Abyssinians & Friends: Tree Of Satta" and now the first two full length albums in years are released, the Jah Shaka produced "How Long", and this Andreas 'Brotherman' Christophersen production for his Minor7Flat5-label. As usual with great riddims by essentially the Firehouse Crew, George 'Dusty' Miller, Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, Danny Bassie, Paul 'Wrongmove' Crossdale, Lloyd 'Obeah' Denton, Dean Frazer, Nambo Robinson, Dwight Richards, Uziah 'Sticky' Thompson and others. I have till now enjoyed every strong artist(s) album on Minor7Flat5, "Different Thing" by Turbulence, "Tell It From The Heart" by Luciano, Al Pancho's "Righteous Men", and Lutan Fyah's "Dem No Know Demself" and last year Anthony B's "My Hope" and "Rasta Still De' Bout" by Josie Mel as well as the album "The Good, The Bad & The Blazing" featuring Junior Kelly, Bounty Killer & Capleton. And Brotherman has done it once more, a very organic sounding fine album without a weak tune. Opening this album is a wicked roots combination with Smokie Benz "Fulfillment Time" on which the riddim, convincing deejaying by Smokie Benz and Tony's nasal delivery melt together perfectly. "Boom Shakatak" is a great tribute to (his own) music, 'boom tune' is not at all an exaggeration for this bouncing song. The title track "Say Something" is a great take on the 'Wadada'-riddim, followed by the beautiful conscious prayer "Walk And Talk" with its superb piano intro. "The Work" is a great plea to his former lover to give him back his position over Minor7Flat5's by now classic 'Campo'-riddim, before "Action" over the in my opinion still underrated 'Ivan'-riddim that deserves to become as much of a classic, is a great upful call to practice what you preach and lead by example. "Do Me" is a love song over the jazzy 'Private'-riddim followed by "Real" over an experimental but great and dubby sounding riddim on which Tony Tuff's rootsy delivery is flawless and then sandpaper-voiced Al Pancho joins him for the impressive call to change bad ways "Mankind", followed by a solo call for a better world "Nice And Lovely". "Shake" is an impressive invitation to dance over the 'Friedenland'-riddim with its wicked Nambo Robinson trombone and "Good Life" is a beautiful take on the magnificent 'Sunday'-riddim on which Tony Tuff's voice at times sounds (like it's done so often) like a more powerful version of that of Gregory Isaacs. "Stronger" is an absolutely wonderful take on the 'Tower'-riddim, once more with some slight Gregory influence but also completely true to his own style, with the riddim dubbed up and full space for his beautiful delivery, before "Just A Minute" is the last tune on this very impressive album, a brilliant lovers tune, with Tony switching to a baritone, and completing a great set, yet another superb Brotherman produced album, that should be heard by everyone.