Don Carlos

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One of the founding members of Black Uhuru, Don Carlos left to pursue a solo career in 1978, achieving significant success during the dancehall craze of the early 1980s. His singing style and lyrical focus, though, have always been somewhat at odds with the dancehall ethos -- he's a roots singer at heart, and has always sounded most comfortable singing about justice and Rastafari. This collection consists of tracks Carlos recorded with producer Bunny Lee in the 1980s, using such stellar backing bands as the Aggrovators and Sly & Robbie's Revolutionaries. "Laser Beam" and "Spread Out" will be familiar to anyone who purchases reggae anthologies on a regular basis, but the stentorian "Johnnie Big Mouth" is less frequently heard, and the title track is always worth hearing again. There's also "Ababa John I," which is based on the timeless "Real Rock" rhythm. At 32 minutes the program is a bit skimpy, but what's here is all killer, no filler.

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