Truth And Rights Observer Style
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1994.
Heartbeat records has delved into the reggae archives once again, this time
releasing another in a long line of outstanding compilations.
The 16 tracks on "Truth and Rights" come from the 1970's and were produced by
Niney the Observer. With superb backing by Jamaica's premiere session musicians of the
day, the Soul Syndicate Band, the sound and selection are both excellent. A handful of
songs are easily found on other CDs, but the majority of tracks are obscure classics; an
extended mix of "Warrior" by Johnny Clarke, "False Rasta" by Delroy Wilson, Junior
Delgado's "Long Way," and killers from Lee Perry, Freddie McGregor, the Heptones, the
Meditators and Niney himself.
A previous Heartbeat compilation, "Observer Station," superbly showcased some
of Niney's production talents. "Truth And Rights Observer Style" is another recommended
disc full of righteous lyrics and vintage rhythms from one of reggae's most respected
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