Victory Is Mine

Victory Is Mine

by Dennis Brown
     
 

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The Roots Radics revel in stripped-back rhythms with lots of wide-open spaces, but just hear how rich their accompaniment is on Victory Is Mine. The beats may be all programmed, a militant tattoo to boot, but how organic the arrangements, how warm the resulting sound. No matter how sharp the rhythm, how taut the riffing, ErrolSee more details below

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The Roots Radics revel in stripped-back rhythms with lots of wide-open spaces, but just hear how rich their accompaniment is on Victory Is Mine. The beats may be all programmed, a militant tattoo to boot, but how organic the arrangements, how warm the resulting sound. No matter how sharp the rhythm, how taut the riffing, Errol "Flabba" Holt's throbbing bass heats the stew, while the brass section of Dean Fraser, Dave Madden, and Nambo Robinson brings the songs to a boil. No wonder Dennis Brown reaches new heights within, with the musicians forever pushing him higher. Reveling in the music surrounding him, the singer tears into every number with relish, from the sweetest love songs to the most militant of cultural pieces. As with all great sets, every track has something fabulous to offer, lyrically, musically, and/or vocally. The title track combines all three: sturdy beats, a sumptuous arrangement with the musicians all vying for attention, a jubilant love-conquers-all theme, and a stunning performance from Brown. Dwight Pinkney's fabulous riffing is showcased on "Call Me," Robinson serenely showboats his way across "Sad News" (one of three cover songs within), Dean Fraser smokes on "We Are in Love," the percussionists and programmers grab the limelight on "Everyday People," and so it continues on, as every musician alone or in combination displays his or her superb skills. And overhead Brown glows brightly in all his glory; his soulful performance on the lovelorn "Should I" is riveting, the power of his righteous warnings on "Everyday People" is overwhelming, his pleas of "Don't Give Up" come straight from the heart, while the richness of his tones on the impassioned "Call Me" and the sweet breeziness of his cover of "Sunday Morning" are exemplary. Victory is indeed his, but the Radics deserve an equal share of the prize, as does Leggo Beast, whose productions cleanly etch out the greatness of this set.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Ras
UPC:
0021823307220
catalogNumber:
3072

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dennis Brown   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Dave Hamilton   Percussion
Tony Asher   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
Andy Bassford   Guitar
Dean Fraser   Horn
Clive "Azul" Hunt   Keyboards
Donna Ling   Background Vocals
David Madden   Horn
Christine McNabb   Background Vocals
Nambo   Horn
Erica Newell   Background Vocals
Leroy Newell   Percussion
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Keith Sterling   Keyboards
Nadine Sutherland   Background Vocals
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Percussion
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Percussion
Donna King   Background Vocals
David Hamilton   Percussion
Noel "Bunny" Brown   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dennis Brown   Arranger,Composer
Linval Thompson   Composer
Gaylord Bravo   Engineer
Trevor Kashah Douglas   Arranger
Clive "Azul" Hunt   Programming
Densil Pinnock   Programming
Rohan Richards   Programming,Engineer
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Programming,drum programming
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Arranger,Programming,drum programming
Anthony Dehaney   Composer
J. Gordon Holt   Composer

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