True Love Shines Bright
Smith & Co. Sound & Vision
November 12, 2003
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 4|
The 1951 born Horace Hinds, aka Horace Andy, aka "Sleepy" has always been a favoured vocalist among reggae fans, and his eerie, haunting style has been imitated
endlessly over the years. His career started in the early 70s at Studio One with
the single "Something On My Mind", and eventually resulted in the classic "Skylarking".
He cut two albums and a bunch of classic singles for Coxsone Dodd and teamed up with Bunny "Striker" Lee, and its his productions that supply "True Love Shines Bright". Following reggae custom, Bunny Lee got Horace to remake his best known songs in the then current "rockers" and "flying cymbal" sound. All the hits from that time are present on this faultless compilation set including the dramatic "You Are My Angel", the two remakes of Delroy Wilson's Studio One tracks "Rain From The Sky" and "Riding For A Fall", the ganja tunes "Collie Weed" and "Better Collie", and the roots tracks "Zion Gate", "Money, Money" and "My Guiding Star", originally a tune coming from the Heptones' Studio One repertoire. Further worthwhile renditions are Dennis Brown's "No Man Is An Island" and John Holt's "Stranger In Love". Also worth of hearing is "Forward Home" on which Horace Andy transformed the lyrics of Bob Andy's Studio One classic "I've Got To Go Back Home" in the Rastafarian language. From the "Pure Ranking" album comes the Bob Marley cover "Natural Mystic" while "You Are My Angel" and "Ain't No Sunshine" are taken from the album "You Are My Angel". Since Bunny Lee worked almost exclusively with King Tubby, this collection of classic tunes also highlights the mixing qualities of this sorely missed mixmaster and dub pioneer. The Dutch "Smith & Co. Sound & Vision" label has delivered a splendid compilation set, with extensive sleevenotes by Danny "Pepperseed" Bouten.