Rain From The Skies
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1992.
For years, the UK based Trojan Records has been issuing
outstanding reggae music. A recent release involves one of
Jamaica's most underrated, and talented, singers, Slim
Smith's soulful and passionate vocal style is easily
evident on "Rain From The Skies." Backed with raw, choppy,
authentic reggae rhythms, this album gives us a chance to
relive this man's heartfelt delivery. His were basically
sad, touching love songs, and although his premature death
almost 20 years ago robbed the world of his future, his
music still lives on. Especially check out the
emotion-filled "Sunny Side of the Sea." A true classic.
Many of these 18 tracks are soul covers and most are
taken from two of his albums, "Just A Dream," and
"Memorial." Slim Smith left us a legacy of classic material,
and this release gives us a good taste of what this great
artist was all about.
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