Jah Is My Messenger

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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...
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Editorial Reviews

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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: 2/12/2008
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645179225
  • Catalog Number: 1792
  • Sales rank: 79,453

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 For I (4:47)
  2. 2 Jah Is My Navigator (4:55)
  3. 3 Darkness (5:04)
  4. 4 No Evil (4:09)
  5. 5 I'm the Tuffest (4:48)
  6. 6 Never Give Up (3:41)
  7. 7 Trod Out (4:19)
  8. 8 Sweet Jamaica (4:10)
  9. 9 Jah Live (4:51)
  10. 10 Wish You Were Mine (4:14)
  11. 11 Paradise Lost - Rochell Bradshaw (4:05)
  12. 12 African Liberty (4:15)
  13. 13 Wise Up Youth (3:57)
  14. 14 Jah Canopy (4:26)
  15. 15 Hard Herbs (2:41)
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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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