This originally ran in Reggae Report in 1995.
Foundation, from Kingston, Jamaica, was originally
discovered by legendary producer Jack Ruby in 1988. This
harmony trio subsequently released two well-received albums
on the Mango label. The following year, Ruby passed away and
the group's career came to a standstill.
Now, after a six year hiatus, these roots rockers are
back with a vengeance, taking reggae into the next century
with the release of the extremely powerful "One Shirt."
Issued on Island Jamaica (one of the hottest labels in
the industry), this disc is truly one of the most crucial
releases by an unheralded group in recent memory.
The sound is crisp and clean with a modern roots feel
as some of Jamaica's best producers and studios were
utilized. The result is almost one hour of smooth, up-tempo
reggae with a message.
Lead vocalist Keith Douglas has a captivating and
emotional voice similar to that of the great Albert
Griffiths from the Gladiators, and with harmony from Everton
Thomas and Emilio Smiley, Foundation is destined to become
one of reggae's top acts.
Highlights include "Set The People Free," "Africa,"
"Universal Unrest," "Struggling Man," "Fire Is Burning,"
"Friends" and the re-make of its late 80's track, "Beverly
Hills," this time with DJ work by Prezident Brown.
Words alone can't stress what an excellent release this
is. From the cool cover picture to the righteous lyrics and
relentless, infectious rhythms, "One Shirt" deserves a place
in every music fan's collection.
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