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Fred Locks – “Never Give Up” – [VP Records] (1998)

Grizzly Adam   9/2/2015   A Library

An Xterminator production, Philip Fatis Burrell’s sound,
round this time also working with Beres Hammond, Cocoa
Tea, Admiral Tibet, this album has a much fuller sound,
with lots of great percussive synthesized even dub type
sounds samples and dub techniques, incorporated into
these up-tempo dancy quasi-digi roots, not in a chant
down or toaster style, nor spaced out irie, but Fred
Locks delivers pledingly imploringly, rasta conscious
lyric, such as in Don’t Sell Your Soul, Come Now saying
step up (to) zion, Never Give Up talking about zion gate.
Robbie Lynn delivers on the piano, keyboards, and
synthesizers. You’ve also got Steven Stanley of Youth Sound,
Dean Frasier of Roots Radics horn line more who mentored
and works with Tarrus Riley lately, thee Sly Dunbar on
drums, and Donald Dennis of Fatis’s Firehouse Crew.
Dreadlocks Princess, has echo horns and chicken picking
the electric. Throw Down Your Arms, has that Half Pint
sound as well as samples. Don’t Wait For Me, has a real
strong wooka wooka bap rhythm. Black Star Liner says run
go tell your friend, and is the update of the ’75 original
which is relyricized and musically updated/put on the Real
Rock riddim (originally touched by CS Dodd, Henry Junjo,
Joe Gibbs, and lately by Jack Scorpio, Wee Pow, Bulpus),
and riddim up there with Pass The Kutchie, Sleng Thing,
and sounds a bit like Entertainment. I enjoyed I Feel
Like Job the most from this album, All Is Vanity is also
great.

-DADA DIOGENES

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