Yellowman

Live at Maritime Hall

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You'd expect an aging reggae sex symbol recovering from cancer to perhaps have slowed down a bit, but not so. While it's true that Yellowman has mellowed somewhat in terms of subject matter -- he no longer spends all of his time boasting in explicit terms about his sexual prowess -- this live album finds him singing and toasting with all the inventiveness and energy he demonstrated at the peak of his career. Backed by the outstanding Sagittarius Band, he moves through a program of that consists primarily of predictable oldies: sweaty, uptempo versions of "Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt" and "Two to Six, Supermix," a churning arrangement of "Oh Carolina" that segues nicely into "Holy Mount Zion" and "Poco Jump," etc. His interplay with the crowd and with the band is sharp and intuitive and keeps the energy level high throughout. This live album ranks with the best of his early studio work.

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