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An Introduction to Ken Boothe

  • 1. Help Me Make It Through the Night
    2. Kingston Town
    3. Yesterday
    4. Julie
    5. Girl I Left Behind
    6. Standing with a Broken Heart
    7. So Much Love
    8. Home
    9. My Guiding Star
    10. Again
    11. Wide Awake in a Dream
    12. How Could I Leave
    13. One Love
    14. Nice Time
    15. Old Fashion Way
    16. Redemption Song
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61577

  • Credits
    ProducerBunny "Striker" Lee
    EngineerClive Dub; King Jeffrey; Jammy

    Recording information: Channel One; Dynamic Sounds, Kingston, Jamaica.
    There are several Ken Boothe best-of collections on the market, any one of which would probably be a better introduction to the Jamaican singer than this one, which manages to include none of his significant hits. That means no "Everything I Own," "Train Is Coming," "Feel Good," or "Crying Over You," or his covers of "Puppet on a String" or "Mustang Sally," both of which are excellent recordings. Boothe's forte is in doing rocksteady versions of familiar pop and soul hits, and his singing is so good that he consistently brings something interesting to the table, which means tracks here like the opener, "Help Me Make It Through the Night," are definitely worth hearing, but then he also attempts a one-drop version of the Beatles' "Yesterday" that is difficult to get through. Just because you can doesn't mean you should, goes the old adage, and it certainly applies in the case of "Yesterday." Hardcore fans might find this set useful, but casual listeners are advised to look elsewhere for a decent introduction to Boothe's work. ~ Steve Leggett

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