Pressure Sounds/Studio Dist.
Here’s a treat – a reissue of a 1975, Jamaica-only release featuring a young Horace Andy; that voice – magic. And some key songs here, Roots of All Evil, Youths of Today, Get Wise, Holy Mount Zion. Get Wise was the cementing of a great musical partnership between Andy and Phil Pratt and because we now know Horace from his work with Massive Attack, from those crucial sides he cut – including his version of Ain’t No Sunshine – it’s remarkable to go back to this and hear that it was all, seemingly, right there from the start.
His voice just glides, so good at selling the politically conscious material – Roots of All Evil – and the affecting ballads like I Will Forgive You. And the band – well you have Phil Pratt also singing and of course producing. The Sly and Robbie rhythm section with Earl “Chinna” Smith’s distinctive guitar playing, and his fellow Soul Syndicate rhythm players too (George “Fully” Fullwood, bass and Carlton “Santa” Davis, drums). Such great players from that 1970s Kingston era/sound and such a soul to these tunes, just enough pocket, but brittle in the right way; so much room for Horace Andy to soar.
When a great reggae record comes along – old or new (or newly discovered) – it’s a treat. This is one to find. And hang on to.