Sunday, May 15

Slim Smith - Born to Love (1979)

"Slim Smith was blessed with one of the most haunting voices in Jamaica -- soft, but with astounding power, yet shot through with an astonishing vulnerability that added to the emotional impact of every song he sang. He took the Techniques to fame, then did the same with the Uniques, while at the same time also recording as a solo artist (although usually backed by members of his current group). Born to Love focuses on the rocksteady era and compiles some of Smith's best-loved solo songs from the age, along with a number of rarer offerings. A clutch of these tracks are covers, mostly Motown and R&B hits, but each is reborn in Smith's hands. All are produced by Coxsone Dodd, whose upbeat, perky arrangements are often at odds with the actual mood of the song, but the singer's emotion is so palpable that it matters not. ..."
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YouTube: Born To Love, I've Got Your Number, You Don't Care, Rougher Yet/Rougher Version, I'll be around, Never Let Go b/w The Soul Vendors - Version, Happy Times, The New Boss, Keep That Light, Do you love me