Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 at 9:53 am
I remember sitting alone in my apartment, in Brooklyn in Auckland one night in the late 1970s, listening to Soon Forward over and over again, trying to work out how one voice could be so achingly beautiful.….
It’s a question I was, across three decades of almost obsessive fandom, unable to answer. And regardless of the darkness that seemed to envelop and surround him, there will likely never be another like it.
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 at 2:33 am
A couple of incredible Jamaican voices since passed, both live in Ja: The very soulful Jacob Miller with his take on Marley’s Soul Rebel, and the deep chocolate tones of Dennis Brown.
And for Willie Mitchell, perhaps the greatest producer of the early 1970s, two from his finest creation (sorry Al), Ann Peebles, who’s voice simply overwhelms me. The first is a raw, live in the studio take, of her best known song, I Can’t Stand The Rain, and the second is just the audio of what I consider to be Willie’s greatest track, I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, which even survived Paul Young’s assault. RIP.
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 at 4:01 am
Owww, this this glorious…JA’s finest voice bar none. It makes me shiver