• 1. Trying Youthman
  • 2. Truth And Right
  • 3. Give Thanks & Praise
  • 4. I'm Not A King
  • 5. Things In Life
  • 6. Step It Up Youthman
  • 7. True Love Is The Answer
  • 8. Nutty Rootsman
  • 9. Almighty I
  • 10. Rain From The Skies

Roots reggae vocalist Barry Brown had a very distinctive singing style. His most obvious role model was the fragile tenor of Horace Andy, but Brown gave his delivery further distinctiveness with a range of wordless slurs, some of which were doubtless inspired by the creatures of the animal kingdom. As with his friend and fellow west Kingston resident, Johnny Clarke, Brown got his start in the many talent shows that were regularly held in the downtown Kingston area, and also got early experience on west Kingston sound systems such as Tape Tone, which gave rise to Barrington Levy, Trinstan Palmer, Sammy Dread, and Rod Taylor among others; Taylor and Brown even had a short-lived duo called The Aliens for a time. Such was his widespread popularity that several different producers all claimed to have been the first to capture his voice on tape, but it is undeniable that Bunny Lee was the first to bring Brown to prominence through the outstanding 1978 hit, Step It Up Youthman, an optimistic meditation on the merits of self-determination, which led to this popular debut album of the same name; as with Johnny Clarke’s Enter Into His Gates With Praise, the Step It Up Youthman LP mixed hard-hitting songs of Rastafari devotion with well-executed cover tunes.


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Dennis AlcaponeGuns Don't ArgueRadiation Roots
Radiation Roots present a reissue of Dennis Alcapone's Guns Don't Argue, originally released in 1971. Cementing his reputation as the star toaster...
Alton EllisLove To ShareRadiation Roots
Radiation Roots present a reissue of Alton Ellis's Love To Share, originally released in 1979. One of Jamaica's most highly-rated vocalists,...
Derrick MorganPeople DecisionRadiation Roots
People Decision, voiced at King Tubby's studio for Lee and released by Third World in 1977, sees Morgan in politicised roots reggae mode on songs like...
Johnny ClarkeSatisfactionRadiation Roots
Clarke's 'Satisfaction' LP was recorded at Harry J for Bunny Lee, voiced at King Tubby's studio, and issued by Third World in 1979. It is a set largely...
Tommy McCookKing Tubby Meets The Agrovators At Dub StationRadiation Roots
Tenor saxophonist Tommy McCook is rightly considered a giant of Jamaican music. Chosen by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd to be leader of the Skatalites...

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