• “Psalm 48” set to a picture of a later reissue album cover. Thanks to Roots Rock Reggae.
“Classic Reggae from Jamaica”
From his album “Psalms for I” (Carib Gems CGLP-1002) released in 1976.
After several years in the business the characterful and gruff chanter, now in his early 30s, was ready to unleash his first album statement to the world. Apparently, the ways of the ungodly shall perish. Groan. Heretics are so last millennium. For his debut, the great man opts to read from The Book of Psalms, as well as delivering the Lord’s Prayer. In his mind, the set would be celebrated and enjoyed by those who could not read the Bible for themselves. Quite frankly, he could read the operating instructions manual for a Kenwood toaster and I’d probably love him just the same. “Psalm 48” (working “Natty Dread In A Greenwich Farm” by Cornell Campbell) is the first mighty highlight. As a mark of respect for the man I check out his lyrics: “Mount Zion rejoices, the villages of Judah are glad, because of your judgments.” Imagery close to the heart of the Rastaman strikes me, but in truth it’s the bassline which wins my heart.
You can read my full album review (together with all my faves from ’76) here.