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Barrington Levy Englishman

  • Words: David Katz
  • Label: Greensleeves
  • XLR8R Rating: 9/10

Appearing from nowhere at the end of the 1970s, Barrington Levy astounded the reggae world: The epitome of non-digital dancehall, Levy's yodeling was backed by Roots Radics rhythms cut at Channel One, and voiced and mixed at King Tubby's-all prime ingredients for classic material. Picking up where Shine Eye Gal, Bounty Hunter, and Shaolin Temple left off, Englishman is pure niceness, containing mostly roots reality tunes about everyday life and relationships. Sterling production by Henry "Junjo" Lawes and two bonus 12-inch mixes from Errol Scorcher are featured as well. Top notch!

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