Although the latter was produced by Gibbs and Errol Thompson, Brown himself was now also moving into production, and his work behind the board is featured on a number of DEB releases. It really was a stellar year, with the singer also one of the highlights of the One Love Peace Concert that year, as well as being one of the major draws at the first-ever Reggae Sunsplash.
The following year, a resurrected "Money in My Pocket" gave the pair a mega-hit and spawned the Words of Wisdom album, which also boasted the classic "Ain't That Loving You. And the hits just kept coming. By this point, the singer had emigrated to London and it was there where he recorded his next two albums: Foul Play and Love Has Found a Way.
But perhaps the move abroad was unwise, for although Foul Play in particular contained some classic roots, Brown seemed to be losing touch with his audience. Back in Jamaica, however, the island had given roots the heave-ho in favor of the exuberance of DJs.
Brown had already stuck a toe into these fresh waters Album) in when he had recorded a duet with Trinity. The success of that record demanded a follow-up and inJudge Not duly arrived to further acclaim.
Meanwhile, the rise of DJs had prompted a group of veteran vocalists to join forces and retaliate with truckloads of their own releases. Brown, Gregory Isaacs, and John Holt were among the leading co-conspirators. It was a clever plan, based on the theory that LP were only succeeding because there wasn't enough fresh vocal material in the market. Now the market would be flooded, with the vocalists each releasing around six albums a year and as many singles as they physically could. Compared to Isaacs estimated to have released over albums and countingBrown was pretty lax, releasing a mere or so full-lengths and over compilations.
Many came from his own new label, Yvonne's Special named in honor of his wifebut the singer also cut records for just about every label who would let him. The flaw in this plan was that quantity took precedence over quality, and fans should choose carefully from among the clutter. However, Brown continued to release much material of note throughout the rest of the '80s, as well as continuing his chart success with a string of seminal singles.
The decade was seen out by the mega-hit "Big All Round," a duet with Gregory Isaacs that was produced by Gussie Clarke, which helped spur the trio to record the full-length No Contest, again boasting both solo tracks and duets. Clarke helped Brown inaugurate the new decade with the stellar Unchallenged album, which boasts a fiery guest appearance by Mutabaruka and the sweet vocals of Beres Hammond. Across the decade some of the artist's most intriguing work was in collaboration with other artists.
Brown reunited with Tea and, joined by Freddie McGregor, recorded the Legit album, which boasted Album) cuts as well as trio numbers. The Riddim Twins were also featured on the following year's Light My Fire, which, while not quite as innovative as Forces, is essential as one of the final recordings by the classic lineup of the Roots Radics. And amidst this flood, Brown was continuing to provide the dulcet singing to complement DJ's toasts.
Back inthe singer had stormed the dancehalls in the company of Twist, Brian, and Tony Gold. The next year, Brown's otherwise mediocre Blazing album was set alight by a version of "Fever," a duet with Maxi Priest that also featured the gruff tones of Shabba Ranks. The singer also cut singles with a host of other hot DJs during this period, among them Bounty Killer, Tiger, and Fabiana, joining forces with Roger Robin, Peter Hunningale, and Saxon later in the decade.
At the same time, Brown's success as a soloist also continued unabated across a further string of hits. Equally entertaining was another reunion with Holness, 's Dennis, while producer Musclehead bundled up a batch of hits for You Got the Best of Me that same year and tossed in some new intriguing versions of old classics to boot. As the decade deepened, the artist's output continued unabated -- singles and albums flew out of the studios in breakneck fashion.
Perhaps it was to maintain this output that Brown first started using cocaine. Addiction eventually followed, and with it inevitable bodily ravages. Still, few expected If I Had The World - Dennis Brown - Foul Play (Vinyl to end in his death.
But on July 1,the unconscious singer was rushed to a Kingston hospital with a collapsed lung. This is not usually a fatal condition, but Brown was so weakened from drug use that he expired on the table. Jamaica had lost one of her greatest stars. Brown's legacy, however, was in no danger as new compilations, best-of collections, and reissues continued to appear regularly. Sign In. Dennis Brown, LP. Top Songs See All. Essential Albums. Albums See All.
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Money In My Pocket If I Had The World - Dennis Brown - Foul Play (Vinyl Words of Wisdom Milk And Honey Land of Promise feat. Dennis Brown Ain't That Loving You Drifter So Jah Say Wolves And Leopards Artist Playlists. Dennis Brown Essentials This reggae star sang tender lovers rock with a sweet voice. That, however, never applied to Dennis Brown. You can bet that when Dennis took the mic in any context, he was giving his best. And that best was almost invariably excellent, as it was on his album Foul Play.
Reggae was shifting from the rockers style with which Dennis had been strongly associated in the second half of the 70s, and Dennis was moving accordingly. Dean Fraser delivers sax lines that are typical of early 80s pop, and Dennis is totally comfortable singing a song about going for a boogie yes, he uses that word, trendy in the soul clubs of the time, though almost unheard in reggae to shake off tough times.
Things settle down from this point. While some of the album sways towards the rub-a-dub style that was taking over in Jamaica, Foul Play becomes far more cohesive and typical of the man they called The Crown Prince Of Reggae. The second is silkier and would deliver a hit single, but Foul Playreleased on 9 Octoberis for the most part a more rootsy offering.
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