Glen Brown

Boat to Progress!: The Original Pantomime Vocal Collection 1970-1974

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This disc, a companion volume to Dubble Attack and Check the Winner by the same artist/producer, showcases a variety of top-notch reggae singers making good use of Glen Brown's rhythms. Not everyone makes equally good use of them, however -- Roman Stewart's "Never Too Young to Learn" is uncharacteristically mediocre -- but the high points, which include "One One Cocoa" by Gregory Isaacs and Little Roy's exquisite "Father's Call," are so good that it's easy to forget the occasional slight lapse in quality. On "Realize," which is based on the "Dirty Harry" rhythm and features a vocal duet between Glen Brown and Ritchie McDonald, the quavery minor-key vocal line is hair-raising; Johnny Clarke's rendition of "Really Gotta Hold on Me" shows the singer at his sweet-voiced best; "Brand New Me" featuring the relatively obscure Tinga Stewart is a wonderful, weepy love ballad. Essential.

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