In the past years UK based record label "Smugg Records" has treated us to some great collections of classic reggae cuts including the fantastic double cd "Ready When You Ready" and its follow-up, the matching "Ready When You Ready Two" and the truly superb "Roots & Dub". Now they have released the 'Triple Dons 1' abum, collecting 18 tracks from three of Jamaica's most respected reggae & dancehall dons, Horace Andy, Johnny Osbourne and Frankie Paul.
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Horace Andy has been making records for over 30 years. He first came to the attention of the world at the age of 19 when he recorded for Studio one which was fast getting a reputation as the Jamaican Motown. After a long spell at Studio One he started working with Bunny Lee and as a result brought us the anthemic 'Money Money'. In 1977 he had moved to team up with producer Everton Dasilva in New York, it proved to be another time of classic hits, this ended in 1979 when Dasilva was tragically shot dead. But for Horace the hits kept coming. A reunion with old time friend Tappa Zukie resulted in the track 'Natty Dread A Weh She Want' which had huge crossover success in late 1979. In 1990 horace teamed up with Massive Attack working on 'Blue Lines' and then 'Protection'. He has made himself at home with the band and is gigging and recording with them as well on his solo projects.
As a member of the vocal group the sensations Johnny Osbourne cut some great tracks for Winston Riley in the late 60s. He has continued his mammoth solo career with the classics 'Run' and 'Water Pumping'. He spent a long period in Canada but returned to Jamaica in 1979 to cut some amazing tracks for Studio One. In the eighties he was extremely popular and voiced some notorious soundbwoy tunes for the island's leading producers.
Born in 1965 in Jamaica Frankie is the son of a singer. He was born blind and although a hospital gave him partial sight as a youth, it was only later in life a new york eye specialist gave him extra strong glasses to improve his vision. He attended the Salvation Army school for the blind and while there the school was visited by Stevie Wonder, who after singing on stage with Frankie, gave him a lot encouragement.
He progressed into recording with his first single 'African Princess'. In 1983 he worked at the great Channel One, which resulted in two Showdown lps, the first with Sugar Minott and the second with Little John. In a short space of time he had worked with all the top dogs including King Jammy, Junjo Lawes and George Phang. He had a huge hit in 1984 with 'Pass The Tu Sheng Peng'. Since then he has recorded numerous albums and 45's with considerable success.
The tracks offered here is a selection of tracks recorded by the artists on the "Uptempo" record label. Most tunes were recorded in the period that the computer entered the Jamaican music scene. Some tunes are inna digital style, check out Johnny Osbourne's Man Have Fi Eat and his tune Stand Good. Horace Andy's Angel however dates from the 70s and is an aching lovers tune. His rendition of Ain't No Sunshine ranks amongst one of the best versions we've heard of this tune. Frankie Paul was at the beginning of his career when he recorded these tracks and it's a fact that his tunes make a good impression, hearing them back after so many years. It's obvious that Joshnny Osbournbe is at his best when recording for Coxsone Dodd, most of his titles here are avarage dancehall tunes.