Reggae Ina Firehouse
(Live And Learn)
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1992.
The Wailing Souls are one of the all-time great reggae
vocal groups. On the heels of their recent signing with
Columbia Records, Live & Learn Records has released "Reggae
These songs were probably recorded within the last
year, though it's hard to say (the chaotic Jamaican music
industry is one of life's great mysteries). Nevertheless,
this record presents us with some terrific roots reggae.
The legendary Winston "Pipe" Matthews once again
handles most of the lead vocals. His distinctive voice (one
of reggae's coolest and most memorable) is at top form, as
are the impeccable harmonies. Check out the extremely catchy
"Cherry Ripe," or personal favorites "Wash Mouth" and "Nice
This group should have something out soon on Columbia,
and if promoted properly, watch out. In the meantime, give
this one a listen.
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