Junior Delahaye

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Junior Delahaye was one of a number of young and unheralded reggae singers who were given an opportunity to prove themselves in the Bronx recording studio of producer Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes. He acquitted himself nicely on this 1982 release, which languished in Barnes' vaults for 20 years before being reissued on CD in late 2002. Focusing primarily on romantic material (with one religious song thrown in for good measure) and helped by Barnes' crack studio band and his Lee Perry-influenced production style, Delahaye alternates between a romantic falsetto and a rich tenor voice, delivering one of the few worthwhile reggae versions of "Sitting in the Park" and a nice version of the soul classic "I Love You for All Seasons," as well as longtime reggae favorite "Traveling Man" and three originals. His style is not revelatory, but the quality of his voice and his studio presence make it clear that he deserved more attention than he got.

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