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Words of Wisdom
Genres: World Music, Pop
Grab this one. No other reggae singer--Bob Marley included--has spawned more imitators or is more loved than Brown, reggae's official crown prince. Sadly, time and tribulations have taken their toll on the voice of the 12-... more »
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Grab this one. No other reggae singer--Bob Marley included--has spawned more imitators or is more loved than Brown, reggae's official crown prince. Sadly, time and tribulations have taken their toll on the voice of the 12-year-old singing prodigy who debuted in 1969 and grew up to be one of reggae's greatest artists. But that's no issue here, and Brown shows himself to be as devoted a Jah worshiper and freedom fighter as he is a lover. Words of Wisdom delivers him at his peak, with that warm, robust voice making magic of 12 emblematic compositions, and a constellation of Jamaican studio stars--among them Sly and Robbie, Dean Fraser, and Lloyd Parks--laying down air-tight instrumentals. Each one is a classic in this Joe Gibbs-Errol Thompson production: "So Jah Say," "Don't Feel No Way," "A True," "Ain't That Loving You," "Cassandra," "Love Jah," "Black Liberation," "Rasta Children," "Drifter," "Money in My Pocket," the title cut, and almost everyone's Brown favorite, "Should I." --Elena Oumano
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Sean M. Kelly | Portland, Oregon United States | 09/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The late Dennis Brown had a great string of albums through the late 70's and into the early 80's. A result of incredibly fruitful collaborations with Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson, Brown yielded the lps "Visions," "Wolf & Leopards," "Words of Wisdom," "So Long Rastafari," "Joseph's Coat of Many Colours," and "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow," all of which are roots reggae classics."Words of Wisdom" found Brown in great form, combining "message" songs ("Black Liberation," "Love Jah," "Rasta Children") with his unbelievable love songs,("Cassandra," "Ain't that loving You") complete with his trademark wailings that made him as popular as he was. Anchored by the minor hit "Money In My Pocket," the album is beautifully sculptured.This is one of roots reggae's crowning achievements and comes very highly recommended."
MY FAVORITE DENNIS BROWN ALBUM
Sean M. Kelly | 07/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Words Of Wisdom is my favorite Dennis Brown collection. Produced by Joe Gibbs and backed by top musicians this is The Crown Prince of Reggae at his prime. Dennis Brown passed on July 1, 1999 but his legacy will live on through his music and some of his All Time Best is featured on this CD."
Great songs-not so great transfer to CD
David A. Salvitti | SUISUN, CA USA | 03/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The songs on this album are excellent, and belong in anyone's reggae collection. Unfortunately, the CD transfer from Shanachie doesn't hold up well. I have the original vinyl record and wanted to get the CD. The CD version makes the horns and keyboards in particular sound "tinny" and wavering. I took the CD back and exchanged it for another, and it does the same thing. I'm keeping it because the songs are great, but I'm unhappy with the quality of the transfer. Does anyone else out there notice this on their CD???"