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From August Town

  • 1. Ghetto Pain
    2. Misty Morning
    3. Love Inna di City - (Patois)
    4. Fairy Tale
    5. Cottage in Negril
    6. Exhale
    7. I Don't Need Your Love
    8. Without You
    9. August Town
    10. Chant Love
    11. Mr. B
    12. Heaven Will Rise Up
    13. One Great World
    14. Dream Weaver
    15. Fool for You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2347

  • Credits
    ProducerDean Fraser; Dean Fraser
    EngineerONeil Smith; Carlos Alwood; Rolie McDermont; Romel Marshall; Errol Brown; O'Neil Smith; Rohan Dwyer; Jomo

    Personnel: Duane Stephenson (background vocals); Duane Stephenson (vocals); Wayne Hammond (guitar, guitars); Lamont Savary, Ian Coleman, Mitchum Chin (guitars); John Williams , John Williams (violin); Christopher Birch (horns, organ, keyboards); Michael Fletcher (organ, keyboards, bass guitar, drums); Carol McLaughlin (organ, keyboards, background vocals); Davol Fletcher, Glene Browne, Glen Browne, Aeion Hoilett, Robbie Shakespeare (bass guitar); Lowell "Sly" Dunbar, Randevon Patrick, Mark Dauson, Ras Ites, Shaun Stewart (drums); Alvin Haugton, Alvin Haughton (percussion); Chris Smith , Rochell Bradshaw, Sherida Sharpe, Karell Wisdom, Shenda Sharpe, Carrol Dexter (background vocals); Dean Fraser (saxophone, horns, background vocals); Paul "Scooby" Smith, Robert Lyn (keyboards); Sly Dunbar, Kirk Bennett (drums); Althea Layne Hamilton, Nikki Burt (background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Rochell Bradshaw, Mystic Routes, Anthony B., Tarrus Riley.
    Audio Mixer: Rohan Dwyer.
    Recording information: Anchor Recording; Grafton Studios; Tuff Gong.
    Editors: Paul Shields; Joel Chin.
    Photographer: Martei Korley.
    Arranger: Dean Fraser.
    The violent and senseless death of South African reggae star Lucky Dub in late 2007 was not only a horrible tragedy for his family and friends; it also left a hole in the reggae firmament where once there had been a soaringly beautiful voice with a perfect (if rather repetitious) sense of pop hooks. Duane Stephenson doesn't fill that hole perfectly, nor would listeners want him to, but his singing does provide some of the same cathartic rush that Dub's did, and on his solo debut (his first album since leaving his post as lead singer for To-Isis) he brings a variety of stylistic influences to bear on what amounts to a really rather unique take on modern roots reggae. His debt to Dub is most clearly evident on "Misty Morning," "August Town," and the lovely "Heaven Will Rise Up." But on "Ghetto Pain" and several other tracks, the combination of rockish guitars and reggae rhythms makes for a fresh sound, and every once in a while he departs from reggae entirely, as on the explicitly soul-derived "Exhale" and the R&B exercise "I Don't Need Your Love" (neither of which is that great, frankly). There are a few other clunkers, including the plodding rockers exercise "Love inna di City," which neither Anthony B. nor Mystic Routes is able to energize. But the nice thing about a program this lengthy is that only about half of it needs to be great in order for it to offer good value for the money -- and more than half of this disc is great. ~ Rick Anderson

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