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The Best of Leroy Smart
 
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The Best of Leroy Smart

13 Mar. 1998 | Format: MP3

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This release represents some of Leroy Smart's early releases recorded in Jamaica at the Channel One studio. Originally these cuts appeared in 1977 on an album called 'Ballistic Affai'r and later renamed 'The Best Of Leroy Smart. Thus 'best of' is a bit of a misnomer but contained within are two of Smart's very best, the aforesaid 'Ballistic Affair' and the brilliant 'Pride and Ambition'. The musician ship represents some of the best of the period with old timers like Tommy McCook on tenor sax, Ansil Collins on keyboard and of course Sly Dunbar on drums and Robbie Shakespeare on bass. There is some top line drum and bass riddims throughout and whilst some of the song writing is weak the rhythms throughout more than compensate.
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By JR on 26 Jan. 2013
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Always great live,Leroy Smart's prolific recorded output is not as consistent and sometimes quality suffers for the sake of quantity.
That's why this album is so welcome,including as it does much of his early (and very best) work, fresh and undiluted by time and the need/desire to
produce more overtly commercial product which came later in his career.
Originally recorded at Channel One around 1977,these tracks have the distinctive rockers sound so redolent of the era,a style which suits his voice very well.
Unsurprisingly,among the musicians contributing to that sound on these recordings are Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare,the duo generally credited with creating
what became the all-pervading sound of reggae in the 70's. As you'd expect, it's done to perfection here.
It's testimony to the quality of these recordings that, more than thirty years after they were made,they are still effortlessly entertaining and enjoyable.
Although he never quite achieved the recognition or acclaim accorded to many of his peers,Leroy Smart was, and remains, a real and unique talent and this album, produced by the
legendary Joseph Hookim, is the best showcase of that talent that I know of.
I have to say it; If you want to get smart, get this.
Track Listing:
Sharon
Wish You Good Luck
Babylon Don't Like Dreadlocks
Ballistic Affair
Without Love
Jehovah
Marcus
Badness Don't Pay
Pride And Ambition
Jah Jah
Be Conscious
That Little Girl
Meaning of Life
Jah Is My Light
Jah Give I Wisdom
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JJ-CD-033
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