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Memories
     

Memories

by Steely & Clevie
 
For almost 40 years now, session-and-production duos have played an important role on the reggae scene, usually in the form of bass/drums duos like Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare or Style Scott and Flabba Holt. Drummer Clevie Browne and keyboardist Steely Johnson changed up

Overview

For almost 40 years now, session-and-production duos have played an important role on the reggae scene, usually in the form of bass/drums duos like Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare or Style Scott and Flabba Holt. Drummer Clevie Browne and keyboardist Steely Johnson changed up the instrumentation a bit and gradually became the most important such duo currently working, racking up lots of IOUs over the years from top-ranked reggae singers. They cash in some of those chits on this enormously enjoyable look back at great songs from the past (recorded shortly before Steely's untimely death in 2009). It would be easy to dismiss this collection as a cheap nostalgia exercise, but two factors get in the way of that stance: first, the loving and detailed attention that Steely and Clevie give to the production on each track; these performances were clearly not thrown together thoughtlessly or cheaply. Second, the quality of the performances themselves, which are provided by both A-list singers whose stars have never really faded (Cornell Campbell, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor) and a few who have become relatively obscure over the years but shouldn't have (Dennis Walks, Al Campbell). The songs come mostly from roots reggae's classic period, the mid-'70s, but the arrangements are burnished to a warm glow by modern technology, resulting in settings that combine the pleasures of the roots era with those of the early dancehall period. What really sets this album apart from similar collections is the quality of the vocal performances, which are almost uniformly fantastic: Cornell Campbell's voice is still feather-light and lovely, Leroy Sibbles (of the Heptones) still croons beautifully, and although Freddie McGregor's voice has roughened a little bit with age, it's as powerful as ever. The Chantells sound maybe just a little bit ragged on "Waiting in the Park," but not enough to be a problem. Every track here is a pleasure, and the bonus DVD with footage from the recording sessions is a nice touch.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2011
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645184427
catalogNumber:
1844

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. True Believer
  2. Stars
  3. If I Follow My Heart
  4. Dennis Walks
  5. You'll Never Know (I'll Be Back)
  6. Never Never Never
  7. A Little Love (That's All I Want from You)
  8. Sweet Talking
  9. Can't Stop Now
  10. A House Is Not a Home
  11. Waiting In the Park
  12. Say You
  13. A House Is Not a Home
  14. A Little Love (That's All I Want from You)

Disc 2

  1. [Bonus Material]
  2. Stars
  3. If I Follow My Heart
  4. Margaret
  5. You'll Never Know
  6. Never Never Never
  7. A Little Love
  8. Sweet Talking
  9. Can't Stop Now
  10. A House is not a Home
  11. Waiting in the Park
  12. Say You
  13. A Little Love
  14. A House is not a Home

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steely & Clevie   Primary Artist
Cornell Campbell   Background Vocals
Ed Robinson   Background Vocals
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Organ,Synthesizer,Drums,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Horn
Dalton Browne   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Haldane Danny Browne   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dean Fraser   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Flute,Piano,Strings,Synthesizer Horn
Freddie McGregor   Background Vocals
Nambo Robinson   Trombone
Evrol Wray   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Alton Ellis   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Cornell Campbell   Composer
Leroy Sibbles   Composer
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Producer,Introduction
Hal David   Composer
Lynford "Fatta" Marshall   Engineer
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Producer
Freddie McGregor   Introduction
Norman Newell   Composer
Delroy Wilson   Composer
Christopher Chin   Executive Producer
Fritz Rotter   Composer
Harris Seaton   Composer
Alberto Testa   Composer
Samuel Bramwell   Composer
Elio Cesari   Composer
Donald Clive Davidson   Executive Producer
M. Rotha   Composer
Clement Dodd   Composer
Leslie A. Thomas   Composer
Harry A. Moodie   Composer

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