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Big-time success was a longtime coming for the very talented Junior Kelly, who has been polishing his hard-edged roots reggae sound, and developing both his gruff singing voice and solid chatting skills since 1985. His 6th album (and third for the venerable VP label) finds him wisely leaving his winning formula largely unchanged, alternating back and forth between singing and toasting over a shifting bed of top-notch roots rhythms, many of them produced by Kelly himself at such A-list studios as Black Scorpio and Tuff Gong. There are not really any weak tracks on Smile, though the repatriation anthem "African Bound," the nice combination track "Take Me There" (featuring a fine female singer named Calibe), and "Baby Can We Meet" are particular standouts. And check out the subtly Latin-flavored rhythm on "Running from the Law," and the defiant righteousness of "I Nah Bow." Very highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2003
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645167024
catalogNumber: 1670
Rank: 199817

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Junior Kelly   Primary Artist
Andrew Campbell   Bass
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Michael Fletcher   Bass
Dean Fraser   Percussion,Saxophone
Morgan Heritage   Musician
Junior Murvin   Guitar
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
M. Phillips   Background Vocals
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Drums
Danny Axeman   Bass,Guitar
Christopher Birch   Keyboards
Paul Crossdale   Guitar,Keyboards
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Keyboards
Strickland Stone   Bass
Anthony "Amde" Hamilton   Background Vocals
Leeba Hibbert   Background Vocals
C. Campbell   Background Vocals
Scott Sharpe   Background Vocals
Shaun Darson   Drums
George "Dusty" Miller   Drums
Deleon Jubba White   Drums
Calibe Thompson   Background Vocals
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis   Bass
Anthony Thomas   Drums

Technical Credits

Paul Daley   Engineering
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
Sly Dunbar   Producer
Morgan Heritage   Producer
C. Miller   Producer
Robbie Shakespeare   Producer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Producer
Roland McDermott   Arranger,Producer,Engineering
D. Dennis   Composer
Orville "Rory" Baker   Producer,Engineering
Kerry DeBruce   Art Direction
Ernest Braithwaite   Producer
Lance Dyer   Executive Producer

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