Love Has No Boundaries

Love Has No Boundaries

by Beres Hammond
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Love Has No Boundaries

Beres Hammond has had a remarkably long and consistent career in Jamaican music. Starting as the singer in the island's premier horn band, Zap Pow, Hammond began mixing elements of R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall into his patented lovers rock, and thanks to his easy and soulful vocal phrasing, not to mention his steady songwriting, he has crafted an approach that lifts him well above the constant shifting of Jamaican musical styles. Love Has No Boundaries doesn't break new ground as much as refine what Hammond has been doing for years, and the album's unbridled optimism is contagious and refreshing. Smooth as whipped butter and sounding at times like a happy and grounded version of Marvin Gaye, Hammond brings a calm wisdom to these songs of the heart, and his unassuming persona makes him the perfect duet partner. Buju Banton guests on "Thanks Fi Me Pride & Joy," one of the clear highlights here, and although mixing Hammond's urbane delivery with Banton's gruff yowl would seem a bit like mixing milk with gasoline, it works wonderfully. Another standout track here is "Good Old Dancehall Vibes," which features the legendary Big Youth, and it is quite simply a midtempo gem. Other key cuts include the opening "Interlude," "Feel Love," and "If I Should Wait," all of which illustrate Hammond's urban soul reggae style perfectly. Hammond isn't flashy or provocative, but his steady and bright optimism is every bit as compelling as any angry dancehall rapper. Solid writing and solid singing make this a welcome addition to the Beres Hammond canon.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2004
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645171427
catalogNumber: 1714

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beres Hammond   Primary Artist
Dalton Browne   Guitar
Glen Browne   Horn
Junior Chin   Horn
Lloyd Denton   Drums,Keyboards,Overdubs
Sly Dunbar   Percussion,Drums
Michael Fletcher   Bass,Guitar
Dean Fraser   Horn
Marcia Griffiths   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Melbourne Miller   Drums
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson   Horn
Style Scott   Guitar,Drums
Lincoln Style Scott   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Franklyn Waul   Keyboards
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Christopher Birch   Overdubs
Leroy Heywood   Bass,Keyboards
Heather Cummings   Vocals
Cat Coore   Guitar
Hugh Beresford Hammond   Vocals,Background Vocals
James "Jimmy" Peart   Keyboards
Dorette Wisdom   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nicola Tucker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Angus   Guitar,Percussion
A.J. Brown   Vocals
Mitchum Chin   Guitar
John "Buddy" Williams   Violin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Neville Malton   Bass
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis   Bass
Kirk Bennett   Percussion,Drums
Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen   Guitar
Trevor McKenzie   Bass
Moses Beckford   Vocals,Background Vocals
Damian Codlin   Vocals
Errol Hird   Horn
Ivor "Willie" Lindo   Guitar
Joshua Manning   Keyboards
Melissa Simpson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave "Fluxy" Heywood   Percussion,Drums
John Williams   Violin

Technical Credits

Richard Bell   Composer
Andi Carr   Engineer
Sly Dunbar   Composer,Producer
Michael Fletcher   Composer,Producer
Donovan Germain   Producer
Robert Lyn   Composer
Robert Murphy   Engineer
Mark Myrie   Composer
Anthony Selassie   Engineer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer,Producer
Collin "Bulbie" York   Engineer
Christopher Birch   Composer
Hugh Beresford Hammond   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Manley Buchanan   Composer
Richard "Bello" Bell   Producer
Orville "Rory" Baker   Producer
Coolie   Engineer
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Dwight "Fudgie" Dias   Engineer
Kazuhiki "Kaz" Asonuma   Producer
Bonzs   Engineer
Ivor "Willie" Lindo   Producer

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