Album review
True Love Shines Bright
Horace Andy
Smith & Co. Sound & Vision
November 12, 2003

Tracking list

  1. Skylarking
  2. You Are My Angel
  3. Just Say Who
  4. My Guiding Star
  5. Ain't No Sunshine
  6. Zion Gate
  7. Love Of A Woman
  8. Something On My Mind
  9. Riding For A Fall
  10. Money Money
  11. No Man Is An Island
  12. Rain From The Sky
  13. Better Collie
  14. Stranger In Love
  15. Forward Home
  16. True Love Shines Bright
  17. Bless You
  18. Natural Mystic
  19. Collie Weed
  20. Don't Try To Use Me (Extended Version)
Rating : 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.

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