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Possessed of a sinuous baritone voice guaranteed to set dancehalls alight, Tenor Saw is best remembered for 1985’s “Ring the Alarm,” a sound-system killer built on the insistent steady bass line of the inimitable “Stalag” rhythm. "Ring the Alarm" remains a standard among hardcore dancehall heads, but Fever, the album that Tenor Saw cut in the wake of “Ring the Alarm’s” blockbuster success, is every bit as compelling. Here he cuts loose in a wavering “sing-jay” style, invoking Barrington Levy’s dexterous vocal trickery over a series of spare Casio-powered rhythms. Though Wayne Smith’s “Under Me Sleng Teng” stands as the first fully digital dancehall recording, Tenor Saw may have been the most skilled of digital dancehall’s early practitioners. On the propulsive “Pumpkin Belly” he spits rugged verses, alternately lascivious and reverent, over the brooding “Sleng Teng” rhythm. Dancehall innovator Sugar Minott produced Fever’s lean and ferocious rhythms, and for a glimpse of the man’s soundboard wizardry, check out any of the eight dub mixes generously appended to this reissue.

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Fever

My favorite singer ever, my favorite lp ever.

Very Influential!

Tenor Saw is one of the few dancehall artists that can be enjoyed by most music lovers, not just fans of the dancehall genre. Mostly because his voice is so beautiful and the "riddims" or tracks he sings over are good for dancing or just relaxing to. You can hear his influence in many bands, specifically Sublime, whose lead singer, Brad Nowell, had a similar singing style and would occasionally throw in lines sung by Tenor Saw and other early dancehall artists, like Ini Kamoze and more. This would be most clear on the amazing track, Roll Call, on this album.

Absolutely crucial

Too short career (and life!) for TS for sure. This is a requirement for all reggae fans. No exceptions ! All the hits are here and more. Haven't heard a voice like him since. 'Lots of Sign' and 'Who is Gonna Help Me Praise' are legendary!

Biography

Born: 1966

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '80s

One of the most important figures in early ragga and dancehall, Tenor Saw (born Clive Bright, 1966, Kingston, Jamaica) is best-known for his 1985 hit "Ring the Alarm," a song based on the then-ubiquitous "Stalag 17" rhythm which proved to be one of the biggest -- and catchiest -- hits to come out of reggae's transition into the electronic age. Tenor Saw followed it up with Fever, an LP that -- while it didn't contain his signature song -- proved to be a minor classic of early dancehall, full of simple,...
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