Junior Murvin

Solomon

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Junior Murvin began writing songs in his mid-teens, and although "Solomon" was his first composition, it was over a decade before the singer actually recorded the number. Of course, the song hadn't languished in a notebook all that time, in 1967 Murvin handed it to Derrick Harriott, who's immediately took his self-produced single straight up the Jamaican chart. "Solomon" remained popular in Jamaica, and was much versioned by other producer, including Lee Perry, who featured the riddim within an The Upsetters's instrumental.

No surprise then that when Murvin began linked with Perry in 1976, the song was resurrected for the singer's debut Police and Thieves album. The Upsetters provide a fabulous backing, its deep roots rhythm counter-pointed by the stately brass and the percolating riffs.

Harriott had suavely delivered the lyrical boasts, in contrast, the sweet Murvin's braggadocio quickly shifts to begging as he pleads with the girl to leave him alone. Wiser than the wisest king he may be, and the biggest man in town to boot, for when it comes to women, he knows the best way to get one's way is with honey not with posturing. Sublime.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Police & Thieves 1977 Mango 2:55