Prince Alla Only Love Can Conquer (1976-1979)
- Released: March 1, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Blood & Fire Records
- 2.I Don't Want to Be Late
- 3.Only Love Can Conquer
- 4.Sun Is Shining
- 5.They Never Love (In Disco Style)
- 6.Lot's Wife
- 7.Bucket Bottom
- 8.Mama No Fight
- 9.City Without Pity
- 10.Lady Deceiver
- 11.Youthman in the Ghetto (In Disco Style)
- 12.Black Rose (With Phillip Fraser)
- 13.Their Reward
- 14.Dread Locks Nazarine
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Personnel: Tony Chin (guitar); Jimmy Becker (harmonica); Keith Sterling (keyboards); Max Edwards, Sly Dunbar (drums); Noel "Scully" Simms (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Steve Barrow.
Recording information: Channel One Studio, Kingston, Jamaica.
Photographer: Bob Harding.
This collection of singles by the relatively obscure roots-reggae singer Prince Alla (backed by the Soul Syndicate, the preeminent reggae studio band of the seventies) is a revelation. Imagine someone with the tone of a young Johnnie Clarke and the expressiveness of Sugar Minott at his best, and then take away the lover's rock and you've got Prince Alla: an angel's voice with an apocalyptic edge. If you want a good distillation of the Rastafarian message, look no further. It's all here, from the condemnation of materialism ("They Never Love," complete with a dub version) to the unapologetic sexism ("Lot's Wife," "Lady Deceiver") and the political rabble-rousing ("Youthman in the Ghetto"). Through it all, the Soul Syndicate burns with a thick, slow one-drop groove that never lets up the pressure. If you don't own this disc, repent now. ~ Rick Anderson
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