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Various Artists / Fisherman Style: The Congos & Friends
Album:Fisherman Style: The Congos & Friends Collection:Reggae
Artist:Various Artists Added:04/2006
Label:Blood & Fire Ltd. 

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Add Date:2006-05-14 Pull Date:2006-07-16 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2006-04-29 
[coll]: Fisherman Style: the Congos and Friends (Blood and Fire)
Reviewed by Sadie O., April 23, 2006
Two CDs of the same “riddim” (“Row, Fisherman, Row” by the Congos), with different singers/toasters creating their own versions – a common phenomenon, especially in reggae music, where different versions of a song or dub using the same music have always been common (probably cause labels were cheap, good musicians were few and singers/toasters common…) You’d think they would get boring, but they’re great showcases for different singing/toasting styles.
The original song, which opens the first CD, is midtempo roots reggae from the 70’s. The project is set up so the first CD is big-name stars from the roots rock era, the second CD (apart from Gregory Isaacs, and the original dub version which closes the CD) are newer voices, ranging from the well-known Luciano to a lot of people who are almost unknown, at least off the island.
No FCCs. I like track 9 on disk 1 best, and all tracks with 3 stars are really good – but all tracks are worth playing.
CD 1:
1. **Original Congos version; vocal trio with falsetto lead.
2. **Yout’ almost scats in places, preaches in others. Chorus remains.
3. *Andy’s rather quavery voice exhorts us all to love, love, love. Less chorus, a bit of dub.
4. **dubby, sweetly sung vocals, very Rasta message. New chorus, same voices.
5. **dubby, Rasta, lots of harmonies, some background toasting.
6. ***extra dubby, new backing vocals, rootsy toasting about Sodom and Gomorrow [sic].
7. *Tempo taken down a bit, big horn section added. Freddie’s terrific vocals really shine.
8. ***Also downtempo with horns – Fraser is a killer sax player, so this is a cool, almost jazzy instrumental.
9. ****Classic delivery from one of the greatest toasters since day one. Some great lines in here, and nice dubby production.
10. *Sweet vocals, Rasta lyrics, some extemporized singing.
11. **typically quirky delivery from great wildman toaster.
12. ***Beautiful, highly recognizable vocal flourishes from former Black Uhuru frontman, lovely song about universal love.
CD 2:
1. **Lovely, well-crafted song by one of today’s major reggae stars.
2. **crazy free-form rant about the “whitewashed walls and sepulcres” of Babylon from an up-and-coming new toaster.
3. *interesting rap about Carthage (!), from a Dominican toaster.
4. *cool anti-poverty preaching from a British-based sound system frontman with a nice baritone.
5. **an actual Jamaican fisherman vividly describes his life – cool!
6. *deserves mention for working Harry Potter into a rambling rap.
7. ***no, that’s not feedback, or a harmonica… it’s a melodica instrumental, the instrument linked to reggae by Augustus Pablo.
8. *rather fractured and strange rendition by the long-time star. I’m a little worried…
9. **two vocal tracks preaching about “Jah live”. Definitely time to hit the bong.
10. ***gorgeous singing from someone who obviously admires Luciano, who he certainly resembles stylistically.
11. *odd vocal stylings from a lesser-known toaster.
12. the original dub track, so you can do some toasting yourself! Imagine the possibilities!

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Congos Fisherman
2.Big Youth Feed A Nation
3.Andy, Horace Love Love Love
4.Max Romeo Give Praises
5.Tony Tuff Master Builder
6.Prince Jazzbo Klive Good Today
7.McGregor, Freddie Man Should Know
8.Fraser, Dean Fisherman's Anthem
9.U Roy Fisherman Style
10.Minott, Sugar Captain Of The Ship
11.Dillinger Row Fast
12.Rose, Mykal Let Your Love
13.Luciano Going Home
14.Lutan Fyah Whitewash Walls
15.St. Hilaire, Paul Carthage
16.Country Culture Make Poverty History
17.Early One Jig Jig Jig
18.Maclaw Nuh Worry Your Mind
19.Mr. Raggamonica Fisherman Melody
20.Isaacs, Gregory Spot And Beat The Bank
21.Chaplin, Ricky Behold Jah Live
22.Lucan I Nine To Five
23.Pancho, Al Enjoy Your Blessings
24.Upsetters Bring The Mackback (Dub)