Just been listening to some old collection of music that I have had since way back in college and came across this song by Luciano called Serve Jah and am sooooo feeling it!
Checked out the album [Serve Jah] and the track listing is as follows:
- I Will Survive feat. Messenjah Selah
- Serve Jam
- Win Or Lose
- True Love
- Hail King Selassie feat. Capleton
- No Where To Hide
- Born Free
- Long Story
- Gideon Bus
- House Of The Lord
- I Am Not Sorry
I did a search and got this review.
Luciano is known as the ‘Messenjah’ of reggae because of his deep, meaningful lyrics and image as a devout follower of the Rastafarian religion. Throughout his career, Luciano has consistently scored hits on the international stage. The message in his music has always been clear. Songs like “It’s Me Again Jah”, “Ulterior Motive”, “Messenger”, “Sweep Over My Soul” and “Who Can It Be” express his close relationship to a higher power and inspire listeners through thoughtful lyrics and his distinctive, soulful voice.
For the album “Serve Jah” he teams up with producer Morris Johnsson, aka Big Jack Scorpio. He is a Jamaican sound-system owner and record producer, who earned fame with his releases which began to hit the streets in the second half of the eighties. Out of his studio, located in Hagley Park Road, Maverley, came hits such as ‘She’s Mine’ by Barrington Levy and Capleton’s ‘Cold Blood Murder’ and numerous other hit tunes by household names like Mega Banton, Bouty Killer, Beenie Man and Chaka Demus.In more recent times, Big Jack Scorpio has releashed several successful productions, all of them being live played riddims, in contrast with the more digital and programmed music which has flooded the reggae market for so many years. The result is a fresh and crisp sound, recreating the sound and spirit of the 70’s roots and culture sound.
Here you will find a collection of topnotch ‘one drop’ reggae songs, beginning with I Will Survive a combination tune he does with his nephew Messenjah Selah. Serve Jah is a compelling religious tune. Win Or Lose comes across a remake of the classic ‘I’m Just A Guy’ riddim. The riddim was also used by artists like Garnett Silk. Injustice is a decent song, but True Love makes us jump and sing along. Great tune!
Capleton joins Luciano for the song Hail King Selassie aka Never Want The Youth Dem Die. This song was one of the leading songs for the one riddim album ‘Live On’. Born Free and Nowhere To Hide are strong songs, and for Long Story Luciano revisits the Rudy Mills original from way back. The beautiful bluesy ballad House Of The Lord refers to Biblical scripture, whereas I’m Not Sorry rides the ‘Blend Dem’ riddim. The last song, Mankind, goes back to the days of Treasure Isle, as it picks up the ‘Come On Little Girl’ riddim.
The combination of Luciano’s talented vocal delivery, his writing skills and the ‘one drop’ riddims has resulted in a high quality reggae album, which will please every reggae devotee across the globe.
If you know where I can get an original of this album around Nairobi, let me know