Devon Russell Darker Than Blue (A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield)

    • Devon Russell – Love To The People
    • Devon Russell – Wild And Free
    • Devon Russell – Darker Than Blue
    • Devon Russell – Move On Up
    • Devon Russell – Keep On Moving
    • Devon Russell – Falling In Love With You **
    • Devon Russell – Never Too Much Love
    • Devon Russell – Songs On Sirene
    • Devon Russell – Makings Of You
    • Devon Russell – I'm Still Waiting
    • Devon Russell – Give Me Your Love
    • Devon Russell – Choice Of Colours **
    • 1. Love To The People
    • 2. Wild And Free
    • 3. Darker Than Blue
    • 4. Move On Up
    • 5. Keep On Moving
    • 6. Falling In Love With You **
    • 7. Never Too Much Love
    • 8. Songs On Sirene
    • 9. Makings Of You
    • 10. I'm Still Waiting
    • 11. Give Me Your Love
    • 12. Choice Of Colours **

    Limited vinyl reissue with original cover art work plus two extra tracks!

    The record was originally published in 1993, but the first session dates back to 1979. It was around this time that Earl Chinna Smith (of The Wailers and Soul Syndicate fame) approached the singer with the idea of re-making some Curtis Mayfield songs. ‘We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue’ was the first track generated during the meeting, followed after a couple of years by “Move On Up”. Devon Russell’s birthplace and date are as much a mystery as the gaping holes in his recording career. He began with the Tartans, a mid-’60s rock steady vocal group comprised of himself, Prince Lincoln Thompson, Linbergh “Preps” Lewis and Cedric Myton; they disbanded after their 1967 hit “Dance All Night” (Federal Records). It is no mystery Jamaicans loved Motown soul, but this tribute was an epiphany on its own.

    With a crew comprised of eclectic master drummer Sly Dunbar, the album was completed at the Leggo Studios in Kingston, Jamaica with The Firehouse Crew on board. A mission accomplished ten years after the first foundation stone was laid. We recently heard Devon Russell ‘Move On Up’ and ‘We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue’ on the amazing Soul jazz compilation Disco Reggae Rockers, now you have the whole package!

    ** Extra Tracks

    Other Releases by Devon Russell

    Devon RussellDarker Than Blue333
    Don't miss.... New label 333 launch with this first-time vinyl reissue for the late Devon Russell’s Darker Than Blue LP – put together as a tribute...
    • – Love To The People
    • – Wild And Free
    • – Darker Than Blue
    • – Move On Up
    • – Keep On Moving
    • – Never Too Much Love
    • – Songs On Sirene
    • – Makings Of You
    • – I'm Still Waiting
    • – Give Me Your Love

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