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This somewhat dubious release from Abraham Records (which absorbed the catalog of Brad Osbourne's Clocktower Records after Osbourne's death) is essentially a straight reissue of Clocktower's Horace Andy Sings for You & I, and while the back of the jacket says it was produced by Osbourne, it actually contains tracks recorded between 1973 and 1975 for Bunny Lee. Its hit-or-miss origin doesn't make it a bad record, though, since Andy's one-of-a-kind high tenor is always worth hearing, and in Lee he was working with a producer who truly understood that voice. Highlights include "Skylarking" (which was a remake of Andy's first big hit at Studio One), "Zion Gate," and a cover of Tapper Zukie's "Better Collie," plus a marvelous cover of Leroy Sibbles' "My Guiding Star."


Born: 19 February 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of Jamaica's most distinguished and beloved vocalists, Horace Andy is blessed with one of the most distinctive voices on the island and his emotive delivery just adds further weight to his reputation. His classic recordings from the '70s remain crucial listening, while his more recent work with trip-hop heroes Massive Attack has introduced the singer to an entire new generation of devoted fans. Indeed, Andy's work has been of such consistently high caliber over the years that there's never been...
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