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Album Review

This Delroy Wright-produced set, while not usually cited as a Mighty Diamonds classic, nevertheless stands easily with the best of their 1970s work. The backing tracks, provided by members of the Revolutionaries (including the legendary Sly Dunbar on drums and Robbie Shakespeare on bass), are slick and clean to a degree typical of the period, but not sterile or boring; Dunbar's minimalist drumming and Dean Fraser's tasteful sax both contribute significantly to an overall sound that is deep, rich, and powerful. And as always, lead singer Donald "Tabby" Shaw holds the listener's attention with his gentle, sweet-toned delivery. Even when criticizing modern technology ("Satellite Dish"), berating the South African government ("Apartheid"), or protesting Babylonian oppression in general ("I Don't Want No Crumbs"), his voice is so caressingly lovely that it's easy to miss the seriousness of his messages. The harmonies by Fitzroy Simpson and Lloyd Ferguson, too, are top-notch on this album.

Biography

Formed: 1969 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Vocal trio the Mighty Diamonds were one of the most internationally popular reggae groups to emerge from the '70s roots era. More accessible than many other roots outfits, the Diamonds boasted soulful, gorgeously pure harmonies and tight, catchy songwriting, much of it from within the group itself. They were devout Rastafarians, but balanced their spiritual and political messages with sweet romantic material, which gave them a more universal appeal than militant groups like Culture or Black Uhuru....
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