Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Inna De Yard
The Viceroys
Inna De Yard / Makasound
CD
April 15, 2006

Track list
  1. Heart Made Of Stone
  2. Ya Ho
  3. My Mission Is Impossible
  4. I Guarantee My Love
  5. So Many Problems
  6. Love Jah
  7. Last Night
  8. Slogan On The Wall
  9. Shadrach, Meshach And Abendigo
  10. Rise In The Strenght Of Jah
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 3 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 3
This is probably the strongest release in this "Inna De Yard" series. The other releases, whilst certainly notable and worthy with some true highpoints -- had their undeniable flaws, such as over long jams, arguable over use of certain Binghi rhythms, occasional lugubrious vocal melodies and so on.

This is quite a different proposition, and is a consistently strong record from start to finish, and perhaps this is largely down to the immaculate vocal harmonies and much improved sound quality.

The album opens with "Heart Made Of Stone" originally cut as a thunderous Sly and Robbie discomix, all militant Rockers snares and futuristic keyboards. This version takes the pace down considerably, and is carried beautifully by its ethereal vocals.

Next up is "Ya Ho", the tune originally cut for Keith Hudson. This one hits home with its raw narrative about the hell of the slave ships setting out from the African coast.

"My Mission Is Impossible" is well known to roots fans of the late 70's and it was an impossibly rare, expensive tune to locate until re released by Pressure Sounds and Trojan.

The album closes beautifully with the reflective optimism of "Rise In The Strength Of Jah".

Makasound have got the formula right with this album -- previous acoustic releases in the series had their intense moments -- but perhaps offered more to those enamoured of Richie Havens, John Lee Hooker, and Ali Farka Toure, with their emphasis on quasi Neville Brothers 60's r ní b styled vocals and harsh percussive guitar structures -- In contrast, this album is a beautifully realised roots album, through and through.

Hopefully this acoustic series will reach the heights of Bim Sherman's "Miracle" with future projects if they continue in this way.

This is a very promising album, which bodes well for future offerings from this label.