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on 15 June 2012
At last - it's available on CD at an affordable price! Not quite sure why it's been retitled "Super Eight" (originally "To Be A Lover [Have Mercy]"), but eight truly super tracks running to forty-two minutes are indeed contained herein.

This is one of the greatest reggae albums ever made, from the choice of material, the musicianship, smooth, smoky & seductive vocals and the unmistakeable genius evident in the Black Ark production by Lee "Scratch" Perry.

I discovered this album decades ago, and always had "faith" that it would receive due recognition. Finally, 35 yearslater, that can now happen - thanks to this 2012 Trojan/Island reissue. It's a bargain at a fiver or less on here.

The 12" singles taken from this LP are amongst my most cherished vinyl artefacts. Put on this record and be gently but quickly transported to a strange and wonderful technicolour world of sound. Around four minutes into the inspired fusion of "Midnight Hour" & "Ya Ya", George yelps out "I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour" a couple of times with echo, the phasey organ swirls, guitar & drums chop and tumble. Wilson Pickett & Mr. Dorsey would have wide grins when hearing it.

"So Fine" is just fantastic - play it LOUD to reach into the depth of the swirling, dubby production. Towards the track's end, George puts out a series of uh's, whoa's and yelps that gives Scratch a feast of new sound to scatter around in his inimitable style.

Elsewhere, heavenly muted brass and backing vox (courtesy of assorted Meditations & Mighty Diamonds)drift in and out, heavyweight reggae icons including Ernest Ranglin, "Chinna" Smith, Sly Dunbar and "Deadly" Headley Bennett combine to embellish George's soul-drenched lover's rock voice.

Put it on when you feel bad, or when you've had good news, on a sunny day or a bath night, or when you just want to convert the formerly uncovertible to the real value of reggae, performed and produced by people at the peak of their form.

Five stars ain't enough - you might say I thus recommend this record!
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on 28 May 2012
Quite simply magic music from Lee Perry's Black Ark studio. This is an outstanding recording, easily matching Perry's other better known album productions from the same period such as Max Romeo's War in a Babylon and Junior Murvin's Police and Thieves. So how about a reissue of the Party Time LP by The Heptones?
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on 10 February 2014
Hi there all, just to clear up the title thing, the album was actually called 'Super Eight' before the album was released by Black Swan/Island/Mango. It was released on the Jamaican 'Black Art' label run by Perry himself.
When Island took over the album for its own release, they renamed it 'To Be A Lover', gave it some rather non-descript artwork and reversed the running order of the A and B sides.
Still whichever track comes on first, it's one of the best Perry productions by a country mile.
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on 6 September 2012
This is top class and well worth taking the time to appreciate it as it should be done.
Very easy to listen to yet complex enough to keep you tuning in to the layers of depth and genius that is so simple that at first you don't realise how fully groovy it is.
Subtle, understated, hypnotic and glad to have it. Buy - don't ponder - got to be got - get it !
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on 3 August 2012
If you don't have this in your collection you need to get it - classic Lee Perry productions in a smoother, almost lovers rock style. Budget price too. However, be aware that this cd has exactly the same content as the George Faith 'To Be A Lover' LP, which came out on the Black Swan label. I have the vinyl in my collection, so have ended up with a duplicate of it on cd!
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on 5 July 2012
about time this was reissued what a cracker . lee perrys phased space echo production twists and turns like a twisty turny thing.... with a love song type vibe from george and the cuts chosen. all in all excellent mellow stuff. one slighly corny track " diana " but there u go....
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on 27 March 2016
George Faith ‎– Super Eight -- Spectrum Music (aka To Be A Lover/Have Some Mercy, also released on Island Mango and Black Swan) ‎– SPECORIG1015
Lee Perry produced underwater echo sound Black Ark productions of Heavy slow (and sometimes epic) rhythm, love themed Reggae with a Soul lean sung with smooth anguish by George Earl Faith from 1977.
Tracklist:
1 I've Got The Groove
5:44
2 Opportunity
4:27
3 Turn Back The Hands Of Time
4:30
4 Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got (Aka There's A Train)
4:53
5 In The Midnight Hour / Ya Ya (Medley)
7.13
6 I Forgot To Be Your Lover (Aka To Be A Lover/Have Some Mercy)
6:01
7 Diana
4:45
8 So Fine
4:43

Musicians include: The Upsetters
Producer: Lee Perry
Studio: Black Ark (JA)

Sound mastering is excellent.

See also:
Arkology on Island Mango
Max Romeo-War Ina Babylon on Island Mango
Heptones-Party Time (several labels)
Junior Murvin-Police And Thieves on Island Mango
Congos-Heart Of The Congos on Blood And Fire
Jolly Brothers-Concious Man (hard to get)
Lee Scratch Perry Presents Candy Mckenzie
And many others all Black Ark studios.
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on 5 February 2016
This is quality reggae music. There's no jah Rastafari preaching here just soulful reggae at its finest. A sweet voice, Lee Perry riddims and a soulful bravery that was not a hallmark of the 70s roots reggae scene.

Bottom line: A one off soulful reggae album. Buy without reservation
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on 6 December 2013
Listened to a couple of track samples on amazon site and straight away bought album, good enjoyable album worth a purchase.
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on 5 September 2014
George Faith one of the underrated Reggae singer, a fine soulful voice old school Reggae a classic CD
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