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Pluto wrote:I think one should bare in mind that 'old' reggae artists face problems like these:
They are usually judged by their past achievements and their contributions to reggae history in-the-making when obviously they cannot produce ground-breaking genre-defining music throughout their career.
Horace Andy who used the recognition he got from being a member of Massive Attack to gain artistic freedom and recorded an excellent album on Melankolic ("Living In The Flood") - there's an interview with Carter Van Pelt where he states that this could be his best album ever!
BMC wrote:There are a number of recent titles by for instance Linval Thompson or Johnny Clarke as one of a number of tunes on a riddim. The Ali Baba riddim mentionned above by Dubac is a good example. The Johnny Clarke is simply weak compared to some others on the riddim, so they're compared with the artists that did the same as they did: voice that specific riddim and that's how I judge singles like that.
Pluto wrote:Music trends in reggae change very quickly and roots artists from the past have difficulties following these trends, especially when they don't have the ability to make new songs from scratch but have to voice tunes over existing new rhythm tracks that don't fit them.
BMC wrote:And voicing just riddims happened a lot back then too, maybe more nowadays, but it's not a new thing.
Pluto wrote:Horace Andy (...) recorded an excellent album on Melankolic ("Living In The Flood")
BMC wrote:That was one of the albums I meant when I mentionned Andy above. The album is ok, but compared to his older work for Bunny Lee and Coxsone both riddims and vocals are mediocre imho.
Pluto wrote:And by comparing it to his Bunny Lee or Studio One output you're making the mistake I pointed out in my first post, second sentence
ephteeay wrote:i think if members of the radics/revolutionaries got together with real instruments and a singer like horace andy/linval/j clarke etc etc etc they wouldnt have a problem recording something as good as they have in the past with the old (meaning good ) feel to it...
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