Horace Andy – In the Light/In the Light Dub (1995)

“Regarded as one of reggae’s most distinctive voices, vocalist Horace Andy had wild success early on with his career-defining single ‘Skylarking’ as well as a host of other hits. As far as full-length statements are concerned, Andy’s 1977 album In the Light may be his strongest. The album’s ten tracks found Andy’s quivering vocals floating in a dreamlike tension above tightly wound rocksteady rhythms, looming darkly on pensive tracks like ‘Problems’ (a tune that revisits the burning bassline from one of Andy’s earlier hits, ‘Mr. Bassie’), exploding on fun jaunts like ‘Do You Love My Music,’ and lingering meditatively on the lighthearted anthem of self-awareness and cultural pride that is the title track. Understated synthesizers and a simmering rock & roll-minded production denote the evolution roots reggae was undergoing year to year by the late ’70s, showing up on the especially swaggering ‘Collie Herb. … Skillfully remastered and even stronger with both originals and dubs occupying the same space, In the Light/In the Light Dub is a triumph of roots reggae and a necessary chapter for anyone even remotely enthusiastic about Jamaican music and culture, especially at this critical point of reggae’s evolution in the late ’70s.”
“Now re-released some 18 years after their initial pressing on the late Everton DaSilva’s Hungry Town label and having been unavilable for well over a decade, these two albums are truly forgotten classics of the reggae music. At the time they were recorded, Horace was 27 years old and had just relocated to New York, where DaSilva was also based. Undoubtedly he was at the peak of his career, having debuted for producer Phil Pratt in 1966 before exploding onto the scene with a string of unforgettable tunes for the likes of Studio One, Derrick Harriot, Leonard ‘Santic’ Chin, Keith Hudson and of course Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee among others. Despite residing in America Horace was still freelancing and recording at Channel One in Kingston on a regular basis, and these sessions feature some of Jamaica’s finest musicians in the shape of Augustus Pablo, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace and Former Heptone Leroy Sibbles. The overall sound is rich and dense, the crunching rhythms enhanced by magnificent sprays of horns and occasionaly (as on the opening ‘Do You Love My Music) biting lead guitar. …”
Blood and Fire
YouTube: In The Light + Dub, Prince Jammy – Government Dub, Government Land + Dub, Rome, Do You Love My Music


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