Jah Is the One

Horace Andy

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Jah Is the One Review

by Dave Shim

Possessing one of the most distinctive voices of the roots era--a quavering falsetto that perfectly matched his socially conscious lyrics--Horace Andy voiced numerous productions during the ‘70s, most notably for Bunny Lee, Keith Hudson, and Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes. JAH IS THE ONE is a two-disc retrospective featuring tracks from his post Studio One/proto-dancehall days--a fruitful period that saw Andy lending his breezy vocal stylings on everything from smooth rocksteady to militant steppers rhythms, best demonstrated here on his winning covers of Bob Marley’s “Natural Mystic” and Bill Withers’s “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Andy’s own material tackles a range of social concerns, such as societal injustice and his own Rastafarian faith--a heartfelt message which was to have a deep influence on not only Jamaican youths, but on the burgeoning U.K. punk subculture.

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