Right Now

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
This 1984 album from Barry Brown comes at the end of a prolific run for the reggae singer, one that began in the late '70s with producer Bunny Lee. Right Now, on the other hand, is produced by the underappreciated Jah Screw, and it's unique for other reasons too, like being a rather sweet and cool album and in contrast to his two other 1984 releases -- the upbeat clash album Showdown, Vol. 1 with DJ Little John, and Roots & Culture, the aptly titled throwback album he recorded with "Armageddon Time" singer Willie Williams. Add that year's playful and sexy lovers rock single "Belly Move" -- with swagger borrowed from both Yellowman and Dennis Brown -- and you've got ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
This 1984 album from Barry Brown comes at the end of a prolific run for the reggae singer, one that began in the late '70s with producer Bunny Lee. Right Now, on the other hand, is produced by the underappreciated Jah Screw, and it's unique for other reasons too, like being a rather sweet and cool album and in contrast to his two other 1984 releases -- the upbeat clash album Showdown, Vol. 1 with DJ Little John, and Roots & Culture, the aptly titled throwback album he recorded with "Armageddon Time" singer Willie Williams. Add that year's playful and sexy lovers rock single "Belly Move" -- with swagger borrowed from both Yellowman and Dennis Brown -- and you've got the full Barry Brown picture with the humble and almost hitless Right Now being the rich, rewarding, and dank anchor. That dank bit comes from Screw's reverb-heavy, always echoing production, which on the opening dancehall stepper "Sister Magling" goes beyond the usual dub tropes as its horn section seems to wave in the breeze, occasionally being carried away by the stronger gusts. Convincing heartache from Brown and speaker-cutting lick shots from Screw make "Lonely Girl" a standout, then "I Give My Love" kicks off three easy romantic numbers, all of them prime showcases for the singer's youthful voice and smooth croon. "Mister Minister" and the rest of the original LP's side two are right in the modern Rasta vein of the Mighty Diamonds and are sure to make Sublime fans feel at home, but Right Now exits without that signature hit or standout songwriting, even if Brown's commitment to the B+ material elevates it all. With Brown taking a break soon after its release, Right Now fell into obscurity until 2012 when the Greensleeves label rescued the album and polished it into a true gem with eight extra tracks of dubs, plus a DJ "version" from Triston Palma. The reissue is a great score for reggae enthusiasts, but even without all the extras, this forgotten album is a must for Brown's fans, and Screw's as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645521727
  • Catalog Number: 5217
  • Sales rank: 167,061

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sister Magling (3:47)
  2. 2 Lonely Girl (3:14)
  3. 3 I Give My Love (3:28)
  4. 4 Make It With You (4:23)
  5. 5 You Don't Remember (4:01)
  6. 6 Mister Minister (3:19)
  7. 7 Guide and Protect Us (4:15)
  8. 8 Jukes And Watch (3:45)
  9. 9 It's Not So Easy (3:46)
  10. 10 Good People (3:04)
  11. 11 Mafia (3:33)
  12. 12 Mafia Dub - Owen "Bassie" Rennalls Band (3:25)
  13. 13 Make It with You - Roots Radics (4:01)
  14. 14 You Don't Remember Dub - Roots Radics (3:46)
  15. 15 I Give My Love - Roots Radics (3:19)
  16. 16 Jukes And Watch Dub - Roots Radics (3:15)
  17. 17 Sister Magling Dub - We the People Band (3:47)
  18. 18 It's Not So Easy - We the People Band (3:48)
  19. 19 Protect Us With - We the People Band (3:31)
  20. 20 No Shot Nuh Fire - Triston Palma (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Brown Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Barnabas Engineer
Jah Screw Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Track Laying
Triston Palma Composer
Roots Radics Musical Backing
Barry Brown Composer, Track Laying
Peter Norman Mastering
Tony McDermott Reissue Design
Tony Nero Illustrations, Cover Design
Owen "Bassie" Rennalls Composer
We the People Band Musical Backing
Owen "Bassie" Rennalls Band Musical Backing
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