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Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby Ranking Glasses » Thu May 03, 2018 1:59 pm

In no particular order:

Dennis Brown
Gregory Isaacs
Sugar Minott
Freddie McGregor
Freddie McKay
Barrington Levy
Bunny Wailer
Max Romeo
John Holt
Ken Boothe
Prince Allah
Michael Prophet
Horace Andy
Alton Ellis
Delroy Wilson
Johnny Osbourne
Slim Smith
Johnny Clarke
Linval Thompson
Hugh Mundell

Agree / disagree?
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby Tune In 2 » Thu May 03, 2018 2:38 pm

Is that list for the 20th century ?
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby Ranking Glasses » Thu May 03, 2018 2:45 pm

I would have added some 21st century artists but I couldn't think of any! :D
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby Tune In 2 » Thu May 03, 2018 3:00 pm

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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby Ranking Glasses » Thu May 03, 2018 3:27 pm

You won't believe this but I had Barry Brown, Garnett Silk, Al Campbell, Earl 16 and Fred Lock on my initial list but I replaced them because:

Barry Brown - he did a lot of mediocre tunes and his voice wasn't always on point.
Garnett Silk - unfortunately he wasn't around for long enough. Used too many popular rhythms and not many one-away classics.
Al Campbell - not exciting enough
Earl 16 - he would be joint 21 with Don Carlos

Bob Andy is a good one; he wrote some all time classics.

Cocoa Tea's & Frankie Paul's lyrics could be a bit random. Great voices and longevity though.

Leroy Smart doesn't have a brilliant voice but he's great when he hits the spot.

When Ijahman is good, he's very very good but he's bad he's horrid.

Fredlocks' voice is very penetrating but sometimes I don't want to be penetrated!

Junior Murvin's falsetto can get on my tits.

Rod Taylor's voice can be a bit nasally.
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby brigadierjc » Thu May 03, 2018 3:41 pm

Lacksley Castell
Burning Spear
Carlton Manning
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby Ranking Glasses » Thu May 03, 2018 3:48 pm

Burning Spear and Carlton Manning were in groups so they don't qualify although did some sole tunes as well.
Yes, Lacksley Castell was good but I'm not sure he was great?

I'm a bit partial to a bit of Pat Kelly and Ken Parker so now I'm thinking I should have added them but at who's expense?
What about?:

Jacob Miller
Junior Byles
Beres Hammond
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby brigadierjc » Thu May 03, 2018 3:53 pm

Ranking Glasses wrote:Burning Spear and Carlton Manning were in groups so they don't qualify.


So were Bunny, John Holt and Jacob Miller no?

Ranking Glasses wrote:Yes, Lacksley Castell was good but I'm not sure he was great?


I think so :)
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby Ranking Glasses » Thu May 03, 2018 4:09 pm

True but they did a lot of good solo work as well.
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby Ras Samuel » Thu May 03, 2018 4:22 pm

Joe Higgs should be up there.
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby Ranking Glasses » Thu May 03, 2018 4:27 pm

He wouldn't be on my list!
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby drwatts53 » Thu May 03, 2018 4:27 pm

Ranking Glasses wrote:I'm a bit partial to a bit of Pat Kelly and Ken Parker


So am I (more than a bit), but I find it hard to believe that you rejected Al Campbell on the basis that he's not exciting enough. And gobsmacked that nobody's mentioned Cornell Campbell.
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby Ranking Glasses » Thu May 03, 2018 4:31 pm

Al Campbell is like an old pair of very comfortable trainers rather than the latest Nike Airs. Yes, Cornell Campbell although he was also in a group.

Yabby U would be there too if it wasn't for those Prophets.
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby drwatts53 » Thu May 03, 2018 4:37 pm

Anyway, what are the criteria? If we're only talking about singers, are we talking about who are the best as singers, or about the number or consistent proportion of great records they released? Prince Buster was clearly a top male solo artist, but distinctly dodgy as a singer.
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Re: Top 20 Male Solo Artists

Postby drwatts53 » Thu May 03, 2018 4:43 pm

Ranking Glasses wrote:Al Campbell is like an old pair of very comfortable trainers rather than the latest Nike Airs.


Personal taste obviously, but if that were indeed the case, give me the old trainers any day! (Who qualifies as the latest Nike Airs? Chronixx? Protoje? Samory-I?)
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