Personnel: Glen Brown (guitar, melodica, keyboards, percussion); Michael Chung, Eric Frater, Bobby Aitken , Geoffrey Chung, Lynford Hux Brown, Al Anderson, Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis, Willie Lindo, Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen, Ranny "Bop" Williams, Alvin Reggie Lewis, Bertram "Ranchie" McLean (guitar); Tommy McCook (flute, tenor saxophone); Joe White (melodica, keyboards); Lennox Brown (alto saxophone); Karl "Cannonball" Bryan, Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall (tenor saxophone); Sparrow Martin, Bobby Ellis (trumpet); Ron Wilson , Vincent Gordon (trombone); Earl Lindo, Gladstone Anderson, Horace "BB" Seaton, Ansel Collins, Winston Wright (keyboards); Fish Clarke, Lloyd Knibbs, Winston Grennan, Lloyd "Tinleg" Adams, Carlton "Carly" Barrett, Carlton "Santa" Davis, Mikey "Boo" Richards (drums); Christopher Blake "Sky Juice", Denzil Lang, Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont, Skully Simms, Bongo Herman (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Harry Wise; Ian McCann.
Recording information: Dynamic Sounds Recording Studio, 15 Bell Road, Kingston; Federal Recording Studio, 220 Marcus Garvey Drive, King; Harry J Recording Studio, 10 Roosevelt Avenue, Kingston; Joe Gibbs Recording Studio, 24 Retirement Crescent, Kin; Randy's Studio 17, 17 North Parade, Kingston, Jamaica.
Arranger: Glen Brown.
This disc, a companion volume to Dubble Attack and Check the Winner by the same artist/producer, showcases a variety of top-notch reggae singers making good use of Glen Brown's rhythms. Not everyone makes equally good use of them, however -- Roman Stewart's "Never Too Young to Learn" is uncharacteristically mediocre -- but the high points, which include "One One Cocoa" by Gregory Isaacs and Little Roy's exquisite "Father's Call," are so good that it's easy to forget the occasional slight lapse in quality. On "Realize," which is based on the "Dirty Harry" rhythm and features a vocal duet between Glen Brown and Ritchie McDonald, the quavery minor-key vocal line is hair-raising; Johnny Clarke's rendition of "Really Gotta Hold on Me" shows the singer at his sweet-voiced best; "Brand New Me" featuring the relatively obscure Tinga Stewart is a wonderful, weepy love ballad. Essential. ~ Rick Anderson