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Right Time [The Mighty Diamonds]

  • 1. Right Time
    2. Why Me Black Brother Why
    3. Shame and Pride
    4. Gnashing of Teeth
    5. Them Never Love Poor Marcus
    6. I Need a Roof
    7. Go Seek Your Rights
    8. Have Mercy
    9. Natural Natty
    10. Africa
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10329

  • Credits
    EngineerOssie Hibbert

    The Mighty Diamonds: Donald "Tabby" Shaw, Fitzroy "Bunny" Simpson, Lloyd "Judge" Ferguson (vocals).
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Lloyd Ferguson (vocals); Tommy McCook (tenor saxophone); Vin Gordon (trombone); Ossie Hibbert, Ansel Collins (keyboards); Benbow (drums).
    Recording information: Channel 1 Recording Studio.
    Photographer: Dennis Morris.
    Few reggae bands evoked their audience's suffering as viscerally as the Mighty Diamonds, not least because of lead vocalist Donald "Tabby" Shaw. Although overshadowed by stars like Bunny Wailer, Shaw's aching lilt remains a compelling signature of the roots-oriented '70s era. His graceful yet forceful presence on songs like "I Need a Roof" -- which laments lack of housing -- is exactly what the music needs. A strong moralistic undertone runs throughout the album. "Right Time" warns of an impending breakdown in social order, and "Why Me Black Brother Why" decries the rampant lawlessness afflicting the island nation. "Them Never Love Poor Marcus" scornfully denounces the people who betrayed the black nationalist leader (Marcus Garvey) for "rice and peas." "Gnashing of Teeth" takes up the Biblical imperative of Judgment Day, in which "only good works shall see you through." Some strategic departures help to leaven the band's approach, most notably the love song "Shame and Pride." Lloyd Ferguson steps out of his backup vocalist role on "Go Seek Your Rights," which reminds people to respect their differences while striving for social change, and "Africa" is a wistful tribute to the continent that Rastafarian believers consider their final home. The playing is first-rate, bolstered by unobtrusive contributions from session aces like bassist Robbie Shakespeare and drummer Sly Dunbar. No student of the genre should miss this landmark roots album. ~ Ralph Heibutzki

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (8/01, p.153) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A record routinely and rightly regarded as one of the finest reggae album sof all time....Still sounding new and thrillign today..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (8/02, p.77) - Included in Mojo's 50 Greatest Reggae Albums - "...A fine debut..."
    NME (Magazine) (9/15/01, p.40) - 8 out of 10 - "...A must for wnyone interested in divine righteous melody..."
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