“Jamaican Heroes” by Prince Far I - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1980Album Chart of the Decade: 1980s

TJR says

His second for Trojan Records, following on from last years “Free From Sin” and generally a tad stronger. Backing Far I's vocals and percussion are: Lincoln Scott (drums), Sly Dunbar (drums), Errol Holt (bass), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Bingy Bunny (rhythm guitar), Noel Bailey (lead guitar), Gladstone Anderson (piano), Winston Wright (organ), Kalimba (flute), David Toop (flute), Steve Beresford (toy piano, toy synthesiser, whistles, melodica, effects), Basheba (backing vocals), Vivien Goldman (backing vocals) and Ari Up (backing vocals). Mixed by Anthony 'Crucial Bunny' Graham at Studio One, Jamaica. It's always disappointing to see back-catalogue tracks get a reworking, how completely cheap and lazy it is. There are two of them here - “*Deck Of Life” (titled “ Deck Of Cards” on Heavy Manners, 1977) and “*Natty Champion” (titled “Big Fight” on Heavy Manners, 1977) - so the album hangs on to A-list status by the skin of its teeth. “They Say Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica, but I discovered music” chants our man on the title-track, a love letter to the island where music matters more than life, death or even football.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [04:46] 6.9.png Prince Far I - Deck Of Life (Michael Williams, David Luke Myrick) Reggae
A2 [04:26] 6.8.png Prince Far I - The Vision (Michael Williams) Reggae
A3 [04:10] 7.0.png Prince Far I - Natty Champion (Michael Williams) Reggae
A4 [04:25] 6.5.png Prince Far I - Read A Chapter (Michael Williams) Reggae
A5 [03:57] 5.5.png Prince Far I - Golden Throne (Michael Williams) Reggae
B1 [03:25] 7.1.png Prince Far I - Jamaican Heroes (Michael Williams) Reggae
B2 [04:18] 6.0.png Prince Far I - Prison Discipline (Michael Williams) Reggae
B3 [03:58] 7.1.png Prince Far I - Musical History (Michael Williams) Reggae
B4 [02:54] 6.3.png Prince Far I - Jah Will Provide (Michael Williams) Reggae

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