Serious Times

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Luciano is one of the most prolific artists on the roots and conscious dancehall scene. He's been cranking out several albums per year over the last decade, but what's really impressive is the consistently high quality of his work despite its quantity. This is partly due to the high regard in which he is held by many of Jamaica's top producers, who seem to hold their finest rhythms in reserve for him. On Serious Times, Luciano is working with veterans Joel Chin and Dean Fraser, who help him build powerful dancehall and modern roots grooves over which to sing his anthems of praise and admonition. The program consists largely of original songs, among which the title track ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Luciano is one of the most prolific artists on the roots and conscious dancehall scene. He's been cranking out several albums per year over the last decade, but what's really impressive is the consistently high quality of his work despite its quantity. This is partly due to the high regard in which he is held by many of Jamaica's top producers, who seem to hold their finest rhythms in reserve for him. On Serious Times, Luciano is working with veterans Joel Chin and Dean Fraser, who help him build powerful dancehall and modern roots grooves over which to sing his anthems of praise and admonition. The program consists largely of original songs, among which the title track and the Marley-esque "Alpha & Omega" are particular highlights. But there are some excellent cover versions as well, and a couple of them are rather surprising: Luciano's version of the José Feliciano classic "Come Down Father" sounds perfectly suited to its neo-roots setting here, and he also delivers a solid, if less distinctive, cover of Sangie Davis' "This Feeling." His rendition of Harry Nilsson's "Echoes of My Mind" which baby boomers will remember from the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack is given a solidly skanking rocksteady treatment that works surprisingly well. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645168823
  • Catalog Number: 1688
  • Sales rank: 102,381

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luciano Primary Artist
Dalton Browne Guitar, Harmony
Glen Browne Bass, Bass Guitar
Junior Chin Trumpet
Mikey Chung Guitar
Mark Clarke Drums
Sly Dunbar Drums
Michael Fletcher Bass
Alvin Haughton Percussion
Robert Lyn Synthesizer, Keyboards, Overdubs, Harmony
Leebert Morrison Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Dwight Richards Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Lenford Richards Guitar
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson Trombone
Christopher Birch Keyboards
Paul Crossdale Keyboards
Chris Meridith Bass
Dwight Dawes Keyboards
Nick Tucker Harmony
Ryan Webb Keyboards
Rochell Bradshaw Harmony
Carol Dexter Harmony
Chris Frazer Smith Harmony
Mitchum Chin Guitar
Paul "Scooby" Smith Keyboards
Connie Campbell Harmony
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis Bass
Sharon Myles Harmony
Althea Layne Hamilton Harmony
Willburn "Squidley" Cole Drums
David Anglin Percussion
Nicky Burt Harmony
Technical Credits
Dennis Brown Composer
Bobby Digital Audio Production
Bobby Dixon Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Composer
Dean Fraser Audio Production
Lloyd James Composer, Audio Production
M. Taylor Composer
Collin "Bulbie" York Engineer
Chris Miller Engineer
William Richards Art Direction
S. Davis Composer
J. Ford Composer
Greg Morris Engineer
Rohan Dwyer Engineer
Julius Papp Composer
Joel Chin Executive Producer, Mastering
Bobby "Digital" Dixon Producer, Engineer
Paul Shields Mastering
Jepher McClymont Composer
I. James Composer
Arthur Simms Engineer
Alberto Engineer
Pierre Baigorry Producer, Audio Production
Rebel Chris Engineer
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