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Horace Andy
In The Light / In The Light Dub

Horace Andy is surely the possessor of one of Jamaica's most distinctive voices. After a decade of recording hit after hit for other producers he collaborated with New York - based Everton DaSilva to produce his own definitive vocal statement. This is paired on the CD with King Jammy's mesmerising dub versions of the same tunes. Superb value for money with almost 79 minutes of music on the CD.

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1Do You Love My Music
2Hey there woman
3Government land
4Leave Rasta
6In the Light
8If I
9Collie Herb
11Music Dub
12Dub There
13Government Dub
14Rasta Dub
15Fever Dub
16Dub The Light
17Problems Dub
18I & I
19Collie Dub
20Dub Down Rome

What the press say:

Now re-released some 18 years after their initial pressing on the late Everton DaSilva's Hungry Town label and having been unavilable for well over a decade, these two albums are truly forgotten classics of the reggae music. At the time they were recorded, Horace was 27 years old and had just relocated to New York, where DaSilva was also based. Undoubtedly he was at the peak of his career, having debuted for producer Phil Pratt in 1966 before exploding onto the scene with a string of unforgettable tunes for the likes of Studio One, Derrick Harriot, Leonard 'Santic' Chin, Keith Hudson and of course Bunny 'Striker' Lee among others. Despite residing in America Horace was still freelancing and recording at Channel One in Kingston on a regular basis, and these sessions feature some of Jamaica's finest musicians in the shape of Augustus Pablo, Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace and Former Heptone Leroy Sibbles. The overall sound is rich and dense, the crunching rhythms enhanced by magnificent sprays of horns and occasionaly (as on the opening 'Do You Love My Music) biting lead guitar. Whilst his unique, crying vocals sometimes suffer amidst such finery, his perceptive lyrics rarely fail to impress. 'Government Land' rides one of those slinky, undulating rhythms that was to become a trademark of his work with Bullwackies and urges the Jamaican authorities to make land available for the poor. 'Leave Rasta' helped draw attention to the persecution of dreadlocks on the island, and the title track itself attempts to reverse popular misconceptions of the humble Rastas. 'Problems' is an essential postscript to a tune he voiced earlier for Leonard Chin but his reworking of former Studio One hit 'Fever' is rather less successful. Perhaps lack of royalties for the original was the reason, because a determination not to be used is certainly the key theme of 'If I!' Both vocal and dub sets are available as separate vinyl albums; altenatively you can buy them on the one CD issue. Either way they're a crucial purchase for revivalists. John Masouri - Echoes, May '95