WINSTON MAC ANUFF
This originally ran in Reggae Report in 1995.
One of reggae's most obscure vocalists, as well as one of its most passionate, is
undeniably Winston MacAnuff. Nicknamed "Electric Dread," this virtually unknown roots
singer has a limited discography, but the little he did put on vinyl certainly rivals that of
any of Jamaica's better known artists.
"One Love" contains some of the most intense reggae music ever recorded.
MacAnuff's emotional vocals are captivating, and the exceptional musicianship and
production help make this an outstanding recording.
The "Fatman Riddim Section" (formally known as Inner Circle) is in top form and
producer Tommy Cowan coaxes a sound that's smooth, raw and powerful. In fact, the
collaboration with Cowan came during his most prolific period, in the late 70's, when he
was also producing Israel Vibration, Ras Michael and Jacob Miller.
The disc starts off with the unforgettable "What A Man Sow," and moves through
such timeless classics as the title track, "Jah Love," "Every Man," "Praying For That Day"
and "Unchained." It ends with a superb dub version of the opener.
The only problem with "One Love" is its length, as it clocks in at just over 33
minutes, disappointing when you consider many CDs offer close to an hour these days.
Regardless of its brevity, these are still some of the most crucial sounds to ever
come from Jamaica, and although it would have been nice to have had some extra tracks,
this release still qualifies as essential.
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