Kingston Sounds LP 47 by Cornell Campbell
Kingston Sounds LP 47 review
Cornell Campbell’s distinctive falsetto voice, alongside his Rastafarian beliefs in the Mid Seventies, gave him a musical style that added urgency and righteousness to songs, few singers could match. Whatever the subject matter, Cornell could put across the meaning of the song in what seemed an effortless heartfelt manner. Cornell Campbell (born 1948, Jamaica) had his first musical outings in the early 1960’s, for Coxonne Dodd’s Studio One. He released tracks as ‘Under the Old Oak Tree’ ’My Treasure’ and as a duo alongside Roy Patton, ‘Salvation’ and ‘Sweetest Girl’. These were local hits and led to Cornell joining vocal group the Uniques .Which led the way to forming his own group, based on the ‘Uniques’ style, a way that suited his voice so well, then they became known as the Eternals. Some of their highlights are the timeless songs, ‘Stars’ and ‘Queen of The Minstrels’. The 1970’s saw Cornell move on to work with producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee. A very successful partnership that produced a stream of hits. A theme of the ‘Gorgon’, featured in many of the songs, the mighty figure unbeatable at the Jamaican Sound Systems. Such hits as ‘The Gorgon’, ‘The Conquering Gorgon’, ‘Natty Dread In A Greenwich Farm’, all become Jamaican favourites. Who the Gorgon was?, Bunny Lee or Campbell himself, was of no concern, it was a style that conquered all. Campbell’s Rastafarian beliefs also added a depth to the songs he sang and made a convincing musical statement, whether the subject matter was Injustice, corruption or heartfelt love songs. It is from this period that we concentrate on for this release. A reissue of Cornell’s early eighties ‘Fight Against Corruption’ set complete here, that carried that same message and statement through to the Dancehall Style. A new chapter in Reggae’s sound that saw the rhythm slowed down and seemed to add even more emphasis to the songs meanings. We have added some other Cornell period classics to the CD version of this release. In their extended form that was so popular at the time, ‘Natty Dread In A Greenwich Farm’, ‘Forward Natty Dread’, ‘Two Faced Rasta’ and ‘Righteous Rastaman’. A great set of songs that work so well together and make a time defining album. Be sure to play it in full Cornell Campbell at his finest respect.