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Down by the River [Various Artists]

  • 1. I See It in You - Freddie McGregor
    2. Last Night Memory - Nadine Sutherland
    3. More Time - Glen Washington
    4. No More Lonely Nights - Fiona
    5. Pretty Girl - Sanchez
    6. Thank You For - Karen Smith
    7. Missing You - Anthony Cruz
    8. She Will Never - Ebony
    9. Down by the River - Morgan Heritage
    10. Love Is the Key - Jimmy Riley
    11. Forever and Ever - Mikey Spice
    12. You Are My Reason - Lukie D
    13. Free - Ano Harris
    14. Mr. Saxman - Dean Fraser
    15. Children of Zion - Mikey General
    16. Bless You - Tolga
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2137

  • Credits
    ProducerDean Fraser

    DOWN BY THE RIVER includes versions of the Down By The River rhythm featuring different vocal tracks.
    The Cables plaintively questioned "What Kind of World" people are living in on their 1968 smash single. Their conclusion: it's a distraught one, but its ugliness was lessened by their Studio One rocksteady masterpiece. The song's gorgeous riddim understandably proved popular, and was revived numerous times over the years, reaching a recycling apotheosis in the hands of Dean Fraser and Lloyd "Spiderman" Campbell in the late '90s. The production pair's new version slightly quickened the tempo, giving the piece a reggae freshness and, courtesy of keyboardist Robbie Lyn, a lovely lilt that hinted at calypso. The new version's romantic potential is obvious, and almost all the singers Fraser and Campbell set loose on the riddim wrote lyrics in that mold. The exceptions were Mikey General, who delivered up the superb cultural cut "Children of Zion," Mikey Spice's equally stellar religious offering "Forever and Ever," Jimmy Riley's glorious romance-gets-religion "Love Is the Key," and Morgan Heritage, whose sublime "Down by the River" rocketed up the charts, and thus titles this collection. The rest of the set spills one gorgeous love song after another across the grooves, the singers all vying to create the sweetest or most emotive version. Veterans like Riley, Freddie McGregor, and Glen Washington rub shoulders with newcomers, while women are also strongly represented, providing a quartet of excellent tracks. Needless to add, Fraser wasn't content to sit behind the board, and sultry "Mr. Saxman" adds a further dimension to the set. A wonderful riddim to be treasured time and time again, and one that brought out the best of every artist who rode it. ~ Jo-Ann Greene

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