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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645184427
  • Catalog Number: 1844
  • Sales rank: 204,696

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 True Believer - Richie Stephens (3:09)
  2. 2 Stars - Cornell Campbell (3:22)
  3. 3 If I Follow My Heart - Ed Robinson (4:16)
  4. 4 Dennis Walks - Margaret (3:08)
  5. 5 You'll Never Know (I'll Be Back) - Errol Dunkley (3:56)
  6. 6 Never Never Never - John Holt (4:02)
  7. 7 A Little Love (That's All I Want from You) - Mr. Vegas (4:01)
  8. 8 Sweet Talking - Leroy Sibbles (3:46)
  9. 9 Can't Stop Now - Al Campbell (3:09)
  10. 10 A House Is Not a Home - Freddie McGregor (4:17)
  11. 11 Waiting In the Park - The Chantells (4:00)
  12. 12 Say You - Ken Boothe (4:00)
  13. 13 A House Is Not a Home - Dean Fraser (4:04)
  14. 14 A Little Love (That's All I Want from You) - Conkarah (4:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 [Bonus Material] - Richie Stephens
  2. 2 Stars - Cornell Campbell
  3. 3 If I Follow My Heart - Ed Robinson
  4. 4 Margaret - Dennis Walks
  5. 5 You'll Never Know - Errol Dunkley
  6. 6 Never Never Never - John Holt
  7. 7 A Little Love - Vegas
  8. 8 Sweet Talking - Leroy Sibbles
  9. 9 Can't Stop Now - Al Campbell
  10. 10 A House is not a Home - Freddie McGregor
  11. 11 Waiting in the Park - The Chantelles
  12. 12 Say You - Ken Boothe
  13. 13 A Little Love - Conkarah
  14. 14 A House is not a Home - Dean Fraser
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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
Joel Chin Mastering
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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