Don Carlos

Harvest Time

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In between putting together the original Black Uhuru group in 1974 and then reforming it in 1992, reggae vocalist Don Carlos made several solo records, generally with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare's band or the Roots Radics. One of the best of these titles is the 1982 release Harvest Time (reissued by Blue Moon in 1999). The record features a nice mix of Carlos' usual roots-rock reggae and some effective pop-tinged material; the lyrical bent reflects this contrast, being split between the spiritual ("I Love Jah") and decidedly more secular topics like dance-hall life ("Music Crave") and women ("Young Girl"). Throughout the set, Carlos' sweet and smooth vocals are augmented with fine harmonies from singing partner Goldie Locks. A worthwhile title from Carlos, and one that features that nice sonic blend of roots and early digital reggae Sly and Robbie helped forge in the '80s.

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