King Jammy

A Man and His Music, Vol. 3: Hits Style

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The third volume devoted to the productions of King Jammy brings us to the recent past. Jammy's continuing deployment of the synthesizer had become so dominant that by the mid-'70s, horns were almost absent from reggae sessions. That didn't mean that the vocals lost their soulfulness, however; such singers as Johnnie Osbourne, Delroy Wilson, and John Holt, as well as groups like Black Uhuru and Dennis Brown, included the same zeal and fiery demeanor within the new backing as they had during the old days. At the same time, youthful performers like Half Pint and Cocoa Tea took a faster, more exuberant and contemporary approach in their songs. The 15 cuts on this disc show how Jammy accomodated both modern desires and veteran performance tendencies.

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