- Released: July 1, 1997
- Label: Blood & Fire Records
NME (Magazine) - 8/9/97, p.42
"...with a record like this...we might remember how Jamaica sounded before they got a marketing team on board....you can't help like the music-- unpretentious, unfailingly soulful, and boasting the kind of basic tunes that people seem far too scared to write these days..."
- 1.Reggae Rhythm / Its Gone Internationally
- 2.Serious Thing / A Serious Version
- 3.Skylarking / A Better Version
- 4.Youths of Today / Jah Youths
- 5.Don't Let Problems Get You Down / No Problem
- 6.Mr. Bassie - (Discomix)
- 7.Pure Ranking Discomix
- 8.Good Vibes / Dub Vibes
- 9.Control Yourself / Version Under Control
- 10.Ital Vital / Ital Ites Dubwise
Includes liner notes by Steve Barrow.
Personnel: Horace Andy (vocals).
Editor: Kevin Metcalfe.
Photographers: John Williams ; Paul Kelly.
Horace Andy, an enormously popular reggae singer in the 1970s, enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the late '90s, due in part to his extensive work with the British band Massive Attack. This has led, thankfully, to massive reissues of his earlier work, of which this is one of the better examples. Each of the ten tracks is presented in "discomix" style: The normal, vocal version comes first, and then segues seamlessly into the dub version. Those who have found his recent solo work under the aegis of Mad Professor to be a bit bloodless and overproduced will find this collection of 1970s singles refreshing. It starts out slow, with a disappointing piece of meta-reggae -- reggae songs about how wonderful reggae is are rarely revelatory -- but things pick up quickly with "Serious Thing" and the inevitable "Skylarking," and the momentum stays strong up to the end. Andy's high, almost girlish voice and weird vibrato may be an acquired taste for some, but he's worth the effort. ~ Rick Anderson