Al Campbell – Rainy Days / Diamonds

Image: 1610678 Wiederveröffentlichung von zwei Al Campbell Alben auf einer CD. “Diamonds” aus dem Jahre 1979, produziert von Linval Thompson und “Rainy Days” aus dem Jahre 1978, produziert von Hugh Brown. Band Line-up: Robbie Shakespeare, Ranchie McLean – Bass, Sly Dunbar – Drums, Ranchie McLean, Bingy Bunny, Boo Bpeep – Rhythm, Glady Anderson, Winston Wright – Piano, Ansel Collins, Winston Wright – Organ, Sticky, Skully, Sky Juice, Barnabas – Percussion, Skully – Bongo, Tommy McCook, Hedley Bennet, Bobby Ellis – Horns, Rad Duggie Bryan, Ranchie McLean – Lead Guitar.

Al Campbell (born 31 August 1954) is a Jamaican reggae singer active since the late 1960s. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Campbell’s singing career began in church, where his father was a preacher, and Al would sing to raise funds. He went to school with Lloyd James (aka Prince Jammy) and formed a vocal group with friends as a teenager, called The Thrillers, who recorded in the late 1960s for Studio One. After briefly joining up with Freddie McGregor and Ernest Wilson, he went on to work with Prince Lincoln Thompson’s Royal Rasses, and the Mighty Cloud band. Campbell then embarked on a solo career (also contributing vocals to two Heptones albums), and was a popular roots reggae singer during the 1970s, recording for producers such as Phil Pratt, Bunny Lee, and Joe Gibbs, and recorded at Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio.

His “Gee Baby” was a big hit in 1975 in both Jamaica and the United Kingdom. He adapted successfully to the early dancehall and lovers rock styles in the late 1970s and 1980s, working with producers such as Linval Thompson. Campbell’s recording of “Late Night Blues” (1980) became a staple of blues parties. Campbell performed with the Stur-Gav sound system in the early 1980s. More recently he has recorded for King Jammy, Philip “Fatis” Burrell, and Mafia & Fluxy.

Tracklisting
“Rainy Days”
1. Give The People
2. Words Of Wisdom
3. You’ve Got Soul
4. Don’t Cry
5. Rainy Days
6. I Want You Around
7. Never Let You Down
8. When Spring Is Around
9. My Whole World
“Diamonds”
10. Show Me The Way
11. Honey Come Back
12. Jah Is Light
13. Stay By My Side
14. Send Love Oh Jah
15. Mr Wicked Man
16. Diamonds
17. Hey Little Girl
18. It’s Love
19. Cornal Mind
Erhältlich ab 29.09.2017

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