The Roots Is There

The Roots Is There

by The Mighty DiamondsThe Mighty Diamonds


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Try to ignore the unbelievably cheesy cover photo (good heavens, did we all dress like that in the '70s?). This is yet another fine collection of Channel One recordings from the late '70s and early '80s by the sweetest-voiced harmony trio in reggae history. As usual, the Mighty Diamonds are backed by Sly & Robbie's crack Revolutionaries band, and the propulsive, almost martial rockers' rhythms that Sly Dunbar churns out contrast nicely with the silky voice of lead singer Donald "Tabby" Shaw. There's an interesting remake of the Abyssinians' classic "Declaration of Rights" (complete with not quite tasteful synthesizer in the bridge), the typically dread "Heads of Government" and even a reggae version of the Stevie Wonder/Paul McCartney composition "Ebony and Ivory." Danged if that last one doesn't top the original, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/1991
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351430922
catalogNumber: 43009
Rank: 48467

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mighty Diamonds   Primary Artist
Harold Butler   Synthesizer
Chico Chin   Horn
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Dean Fraser   Horn,Vocals
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Willie Lindo   Guitar
Robert Lyn   Piano
Nambo Robinson   Horn
Style Scott   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass

Technical Credits

David Gates   Composer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke   Producer,Engineer
Germain   Producer
Willie Lindo   Arranger
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Bernard Collins   Composer
Gladys Hopkowitz   Contributor,Master Lacquer
Steven Stewart   Engineer
Anthony "Soljie" Hamilton   Engineer

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