Jah Is My Messenger

Jah Is My Messenger

by Luciano
     
 

Like many successful reggae singers, Luciano has something of an overexposure problem -- hardly a year has gone by since the mid-'90s without at least three Luciano albums (some of them, granted, probably unauthorized). But unlike many overexposed reggae singers, Luciano can actually stand up to that kind of exposure. His voice is so sweet andSee more details below

Overview

Like many successful reggae singers, Luciano has something of an overexposure problem -- hardly a year has gone by since the mid-'90s without at least three Luciano albums (some of them, granted, probably unauthorized). But unlike many overexposed reggae singers, Luciano can actually stand up to that kind of exposure. His voice is so sweet and his songs so generally well written that it's hard to really imagine getting tired of him, and his huge popularity ensures that top-notch producers regularly offer him their finest rhythms. Jah Is My Navigator finds him in top form, singing his usual roots-and-culture songs over a host of old-school rhythms provided by legendary saxophonist and producer Dean Fraser. The first part of this album is the strongest: "For I" evokes the cathartic style of the late Lucky Dube, "I'm the Tuffest" updates the Johnny Clarke classic to nice effect, and "Trod Out" updates the vintage "Unchained" rhythm to even nicer effect. The album's high point is its middle section, which features the brilliant "Sweet Jamaica," an anguished song with a dark and dubby rhythm, and a very good cover of Bob Marley's "Jah Live." The program ends badly, though, with a non-reggae tearjerker called "Paradise Last," and a tedious two-chord exercise titled "Wise Up Youth." Jah Is My Navigator

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645179225
catalogNumber:
1792
Rank:
98515

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luciano   Primary Artist
Glen Brown   Bass
Glen Browne   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mikey Chung   Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Percussion,Drums
Michael Fletcher   Bass,Bass Guitar
Dean Fraser   Horn,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Melbourne Miller   Drums
Dwight Richards   Trumpet
Nambo Robinson   Trombone,Trumpet
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Bass Guitar
Denver Smith   Percussion
Nikki Burt   Background Vocals
Rochell Bradshaw   Background Vocals
Chris Smith   Background Vocals
Chris Meredith   Bass,Bass Guitar
Shaun Darson   Drums
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Organ,Keyboards
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis   Bass,Bass Guitar
Kirk Bennett   Percussion,Drums
Sydney "Congo Billy" Watson   Percussion
Althea Layne Hamilton   Background Vocals
Sean Darson   Drums
Joshua Manning   Keyboards
Carol Dexter   Background Vocals
Duane Stephenson   Background Vocals
Sherita Lewis   Background Vocals
Joshua Manning   Keyboards
Daffodils   Background Vocals
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar   Percussion,Drums
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dean Fraser   Audio Production
Peter Tosh   Composer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Joel Chin   Mastering
Paul Shields   Mastering
Roland McDermott   Engineer
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Alberto D'Ascola   Engineer

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