Mike Brooks: The Earth Is The Fullness

Moll-Selekta, 2004

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This collection of roots reggae singles from the ’70s and ’80s showcases Mike Brooks’ amazing falsetto voice. The tracks, produced by such luminaries as Prince Far I and Lee “Scratch” Perry, were mostly recorded at Channel One studio. “No Brother Man” is the catchiest of the bunch, with a descending horn line and a melodic bassline that seem to go on forever. Unfortunately the dub that was spliced on the end has less than stellar sound quality. Most of the other tracks fare better, including the smooth, sad “Ship Sails.” This collection serves as a wonderful window to a lesser-known vocalist. Brooks deserves wider acclaim, and these sides show how deep and emotional his music can be.

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