Mighty Diamonds The Roots Is There
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- Released: September 30, 1991
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Shanachie
- $1.29 on iTunes1.Everybody Has an Accent
- $1.29 on iTunes2.Declaration of Rights
- $1.29 on iTunes3.Pretty Woman
- $1.29 on iTunes4.The Poor Man's Prayer
- $1.29 on iTunes5.Heads of Government
- $1.29 on iTunes6.The Roots Is There
- $1.29 on iTunes7.Juvenile Child
- $1.29 on iTunes8.Ebony and Ivory
- $1.29 on iTunes9.Part Time Love
- $1.29 on iTunes10.The Breadwinner
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Personnel: Dean Fraser (vocals, horns); Willie Lindo (guitar); Nambo Robinson, Chico Chin (horns); Robert Lyn (piano); Harold Butler (synthesizer); Style Scott, Sly Dunbar (drums); Alvin Haughton (percussion).
Recording information: Channel One Studios.
Unknown Contributor Role: Gladys Hopkowitz.
Arranger: Willie Lindo.
Try to ignore the unbelievably cheesy cover photo (good heavens, did we all dress like that in the '70s?). This is yet another fine collection of Channel One recordings from the late '70s and early '80s by the sweetest-voiced harmony trio in reggae history. As usual, the Mighty Diamonds are backed by Sly & Robbie's crack Revolutionaries band, and the propulsive, almost martial rockers' rhythms that Sly Dunbar churns out contrast nicely with the silky voice of lead singer Donald "Tabby" Shaw. There's an interesting remake of the Abyssinians' classic "Declaration of Rights" (complete with not quite tasteful synthesizer in the bridge), the typically dread "Heads of Government" and even a reggae version of the Stevie Wonder/Paul McCartney composition "Ebony and Ivory." Danged if that last one doesn't top the original, too. ~ Rick Anderson