Various artists album review
Let's Go To The Blues
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 3/4||Sleeve : 4|
"Lets Go To The Blues" - subtitled "Dancehall For Lovers" - is the last of three albums released by Trojan Records that explores the Dancehall phenomenon of the late 70s and early 80s, which actually attracted notable attention late 1979 when producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes more or less launched Dancehall as a fully developed musical style being the result of combining youth singer Barrington Levy's powerful and distinctive voice with the raw and driving riddims of the Roots Radics Band and the genius of the young and innovative engineer Scientist.|
The album includes cuts from well known artists, alongside noteworthy performances from artists who failed to reach a wider audience. These exquisite songs from the period 1979-1985 are lovers rock Jamaican stylee, but the feel is pure dancehall and the choice of riddims is flawless.
Roots singer Barry Brown is equally at home when delivering a love song. He's present here with four tracks. Let's Go To The Blues, a Bunny Lee production, inviting his girl to 'put on your dancing shoes', I Love You So, Your Love Is Real -on Horace Andy's 'Just Say Who' riddim- and Get Closer To You Baby, his rockers interpretation of the Studio One classic 'Smile' are all taken from his selfproduced late 70s set 'Cool Pon Your Corner'.
Triston Palmer scored his first big hit with 'Entertainment' for producer Jah Thomas in 1981. The First Time and Heart Breaker are taken from the 'Touch Me Take Me' set, whilst Don't Make Me Cry comes from his recording sessions with producer Linval Thompson.
Another Palmer, Michael Palmer, enjoyed chart success with his cut for Keith Wignall, Angela, which proved to be so popular that an album of the same name soon followed.
Relatively unknown is Hugh Griffiths, who has never found the break he so richly deserves. He's featured here with three excellent tracks. The same goes for Keith Myrie, Neville Mitchell and Earl Cunningham. The latter performs Ready To learn, a track made famous by Freddie McGregor as 'I Am Ready' for Studio One.
The late Delroy Wilson and Cornell Campbell are respected and well known veterans of reggae music. Both artists scored with a string of hits for Bunny Lee. Some of their best lovers rock outings can be found on this album. And there's The Tamlins, with the beautifully arranged and sung I Am Still Waiting, taken from their 'Red Rose' album.
This is an excellent collection of dancehall flavoured lovers tracks. A must have !
Also check out the other two Trojan albums exploring late 70s, early 80s dancehall style :