Jacob Miller Lives On

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Released the same year the reggae singer's life was cut short by a car accident, the 1980 set Jacob Miller Lives On is one of those hastily thrown-together compilations that can't help but succeed thanks to the rich source material. At least that's the way the reggae faithful will see it, since almost everything here is pulled from the 12" releases Miller recorded for producer and label owner Joe Gibbs. The "& Friends" the 17 North Parade label wisely added to their 2008 reissue refers to the DJs, toasters, and dub players who appear on these extended cuts. Big names like I-Roy, Welton Irie, and Augustus Pablo take over after Miller's sweet and powerful voice sings ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Released the same year the reggae singer's life was cut short by a car accident, the 1980 set Jacob Miller Lives On is one of those hastily thrown-together compilations that can't help but succeed thanks to the rich source material. At least that's the way the reggae faithful will see it, since almost everything here is pulled from the 12" releases Miller recorded for producer and label owner Joe Gibbs. The "& Friends" the 17 North Parade label wisely added to their 2008 reissue refers to the DJs, toasters, and dub players who appear on these extended cuts. Big names like I-Roy, Welton Irie, and Augustus Pablo take over after Miller's sweet and powerful voice sings the tunes, and classics like "I Am a Natty," "I'm Just a Dread," and "Keep on Knocking" get to stretch their legs and extend their winning grooves. Since it's not the most artist-centered compilation, it's not the best introduction, either, but collectors will appreciate obtaining these hard to find mixes, especially since the 2000 collection I'm Just a Dread -- the same album with bonus tracks, a different running order, and duller sound -- has fallen out of print. Even if North Parade's reissue sounds brighter and fuller, the surface noise of the original 12" discs is still very noticeable and, in the case of damaged cuts like "Fly Away," very distracting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645411929
  • Catalog Number: 4119
  • Sales rank: 326,966

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Am a Natty/Knotty Knots (5:38)
  2. 2 Shakey Girl (7:19)
  3. 3 I'm Just a Dread/One Shut (6:28)
  4. 4 Keep on Knocking/This Old Man (5:20)
  5. 5 Keep on Running - Welton Irie (6:04)
  6. 6 Backyard Movements/Fussing and Fighting - Killer Brown (6:30)
  7. 7 Fly Away (3:26)
  8. 8 The Villain - Mighty Two (3:21)
  9. 9 Above Rocks - Augustus Pablo (2:40)
  10. 10 Front Page - Joe Gibbs (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jacob Miller Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Beres Hammond Background Vocals
Cedric Brooks Horn
Santa Davis Drums
Sly Dunbar Drums
George Fullwood Bass
Vin Gordon Horn
Clive "Azul" Hunt Synthesizer, Percussion, Clavinet
Willie Lindo Guitar
David Madden Trumpet, Horn
Tommy McCook Horn, Saxophone
Errol Nelson Organ
Lloyd Parks Bass
Ruddy Thomas Percussion
Winston Wright Synthesizer, Piano
Dennis Brown & Gregory Isaacs Background Vocals
Mikey "Boo" Richards Drums
Technical Credits
Joe Gibbs Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Errol Thompson Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Christopher Chin Executive Producer
Paul Shields Remastering
Daddy Lion Chandell Liner Notes
Fidel "Twice" Luna Remastering
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