Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Day 277 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Jackie Brown - Living In Sweet Jamaica
Switching it up big time with the 275th track in the 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge... we're gonna step away from the deejay stuff for an early reggae track from 1971 that also follows the Jamaican theme we're doing this week. This one is "Living In Sweet Jamaica" by Jackie Brown, produced by Prince Tony and originally pressed on the High School label in Jamaica and on both the Green Door and Pama label in the UK. Brown started his recording career after a long stint with the Jamaican Defense Force in the early 70s and made a career out of singing "easy listening" styled reggae tracks and performing in New York, where he moved in 1981, and Brazil where he had a large following before his passing in November of last year. "Living In Sweet Jamaica" is definitely full of contradictions; lyrics concerning how hard life in poverty is on the island with food shortages and the scarcity of employment or money counteracted with an indelible positive spirit that "soon everything is gonna be alright." But what really makes this tune an absolute killer is Jackie Brown's falsetto that goes from high to nearing the frequency of being only distinguishable to canine ears but yet remaining completely on-point without the slightest indication of cracking. It's a good one!