Dennis Brown – Visions (1977)

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“Following a series of early single releases for various Jamaican engineers, singer Dennis Brown entered a particularly prolific partnership with producer Joe Gibbs. The two worked together from the mid-’70s to the early ’80s. Visions (1977) presents Brown as a roots-based singer with major crossover potential. The smooth, reassuring quality of his voice and his comfortable range would seem to make him the obvious choice for an American label seeking an international success story. Brown’s subject matter spans the spectrum of Rasta concerns, detailing economic suffering, African oppression, deep religious conviction, and a strong political consciousness. …”
allmusic

Visions of Dennis Brown (also known as Visions) is a 1978 reggae album by Dennis Brown. The album was the first to come out of Brown’s second stint with producer Joe Gibbs, with whom he would have his breakthrough international success, and the album played a major part in establishing the dominant position of both Brown and Gibbs in late 1970s reggae. The album mixes roots reggae themes such as economic hardship, African oppression, religion, and politics, with lovers rock material (‘Love Me Always’) and a cover version of Ray Charles’ ‘This Little Girl of Mine’. The album was engineered by Errol Thompson and features veteran musicians Bobby Ellis (trumpet), Vin Gordon (trombone), Herman Marquis (alto saxophone), and Tommy McCook (tenor saxophone).”
Wikipedia

“Having initially established his reputation at Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One with the 1970 released LP ‘No Man Is An Island’ (recorded when he was only 13 years old!), teen sensation Dennis Brown confirmed his great talent with a series of brilliant singles on a wide range of Jamaican and UK labels. However it was with Winston ‘Niney’ Holness, who produced Dennis Brown’s huge hit ‘Money In My Pocket’ for Joe Gibss, that the young vocalist enjoyed the most consistent run of success and started to raise his profile higher in the mid-1970s with classic roots statements such as ‘I Am The Conqueror’, ‘No More Will I Roam’, and ‘Wolf & Leopards’, to name a few. Further hits, as well as remarkably consistent albums with producer Joe Gibbs and engineer Errol Thompson (aka the Mighty Two) completed the process by which he earned the title of ‘Crown Prince Of Reggae’. …”
Reggae Vibes

YouTube: Milk and Honey (Live at Montreux festival 1979), Repatriation, Joe Gibbs – Jubilation Dub, Malcolm X, Deliverance Will Come, Oh Mother, Love Me Always & Dub {Joe Gibbs}, Junior Reed – Concrete Castle King + Dub, Jah Can Do It, Stay at home aKa Ghetto Girl, Say What You Say

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