Dennis Brown

Academy

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This fall 1985 date at the Brixton Academy of Music in Southeast London is a perfect example of why Dennis Brown deserved the lofty accolades he got throughout his career. Not only did he have an extensive catalog of quality tunes; he knew which tunes worked best live and delivered them in fine style.

During this especially strong set, Brown starts with "Here I Come," and ends with "How Can I Leave," packing other standbys like "Whip Them Jah," "The Promised Land," and "Silhouettes" in between. Brown was one singer that sounded as good on stage as he did in the studio--if the pure roots power of "The Prophets Rides Again" doesn't hit you in the chest (especially when played back-to-back with "The Promised Land"), your pulse needs checking. While unreleased on a major US or Jamaican label, there's no doubt that ACADEMY is one live disc that Brown collectors will want to hunt down.

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