Horace Andy

Best of Horace Andy, Vols. 1 & 2

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This somewhat dubious release from Abraham Records (which absorbed the catalog of Brad Osbourne's Clocktower Records after Osbourne's death) is essentially a straight reissue of Clocktower's Horace Andy Sings for You & I, and while the back of the jacket says it was produced by Osbourne, it actually contains tracks recorded between 1973 and 1975 for Bunny Lee. Its hit-or-miss origin doesn't make it a bad record, though, since Andy's one-of-a-kind high tenor is always worth hearing, and in Lee he was working with a producer who truly understood that voice. Highlights include "Skylarking" (which was a remake of Andy's first big hit at Studio One), "Zion Gate," and a cover of Tapper Zukie's "Better Collie," plus a marvelous cover of Leroy Sibbles' "My Guiding Star."

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