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Solid Gold

U-Roy

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Dancehall legend U-Roy was active in music from the early '60s right up until the time of his death in 2021 at age 78. During his career, his output helped set the course for multiple musical styles, with the toasting he's often credited as originating serving as a precursor for the earliest hip-hop and rap. Solid Gold U-Roy is an album heavy on guest stars, and before being pushed back by complications surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and then U-Roy's death, it was slated for a 2020 release accompanied by a full tour. As a grand send-off, Solid Gold U-Roy is about as majestic as one could hope for. U-Roy and a cast of royalty from across several genres breathe new life into familiar reggae classics and a few reworkings of some of his earliest songs, all marked by vivid production and a general sense of celebration and joy. There are multiple takes on Bob Marley tunes, including album opener "Trenchtown Rock" (featuring vocals from Ziggy Marley), as well as boisterous versions of "Soul Rebel" (with lead vocals by David Hinds) and "Small Axe" (sung by Jesse Royal), all with U-Roy's signature toasts flowing into every available space between the verses. Santigold steals the show on a particularly deep bass version of reggae standard "Man Next Door," capturing the song's eeriness with woozy vocal harmonies that embody the feeling of having been up all night dealing with noisy neighbors. In addition to covering other artist's hits, U-Roy reworks several songs from his self-titled 1974 album, including a version of "Rule the Nation" featuring new toasts from Shaggy, "Tom Drunk" featuring Tarrus Riley, and "Wake the Town," the only song that U-Roy tackles all by himself here. The album closes with an epic rendition of "Every Knee Shall Bow," a song U-Roy toasted over with Johnny Clarke in 1978 that now stretches out over 15 minutes to include contributions from Big Youth and the Clash's Mick Jones. Not just that, but directly following the song comes a beautifully shadowy dub version by Scientist. Solid Gold U-Roy is a fittingly triumphant final act from an artist who dedicated his life to the advancement of art. It's at once traditional and futuristic, returning to some of U-Roy's past victories and somehow rendering them even brighter and more invigorating.
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1
Trenchtown Rock (feat. Ziggy Marley)
00:04:29

Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Bob Marley, Composer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Ziggy Marley, FeaturedArtist - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

2
Man Next Door (feat. Santigold)
00:04:31

Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - U-Roy, MainArtist - Santigold, FeaturedArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - John Kenneth Holt, Composer - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Wayne Jobson, VocalProducer - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

3
Rule The Nation (feat. Shaggy)
00:03:53

Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Shaggy, FeaturedArtist - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Arthur Stanley Reid, Composer - Euwart Asman Beckford, Composer - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

4
Tom Drunk (feat. Tarrus Riley)
00:04:03

Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Tarrus Riley, FeaturedArtist - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals, VocalProducer - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Euwart Asman Beckford, Composer - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

5
Wake The Town
00:04:02

Robbie Lyn, Keyboards - Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Reid Arthur Stanley, Composer - Beckford Euwart Asman, Composer - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2020 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

6
Stop That Train (feat. Rygin King)
00:04:23

Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Cecil Eustace Campbell, Composer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Rygin King, FeaturedArtist - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

7
Soul Rebel (feat. David Hinds)
00:05:02

Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Bob Marley, Composer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - David Hinds, FeaturedArtist - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

8
Queen Majesty / Chalice In The Palace (feat. Robbie Shakespeare)
00:04:21

Tony Robinson, Composer - Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Curtis Mayfield, Composer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass, FeaturedArtist - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Euwart Asman Beckford, Composer - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar - Maxwell Barrington Grant, Composer

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

9
Small Axe (feat. Jesse Royal)
00:05:15

Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Bob Marley, Composer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Jesse Royal, FeaturedArtist - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

10
Wear You To The Ball (feat. Richie Spice)
00:02:55

Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - RICHIE SPICE, FeaturedArtist - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - Tyrone Evans, Composer - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Howard Anthony Barrett, Composer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - John Kenneth Holt, Composer - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals, VocalProducer - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

11
Every Knee Shall Bow (feat. Big Youth & Mick Jones)
00:15:19

Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Mick Jones, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, Drums Effects - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Big Youth, FeaturedArtist - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Euwart Asman Beckford, Composer - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

12
Every Knee Shall Bow (Scientist Dub)
00:15:01

Dwight Richards, Horn - David Sardy, Engineer - Gavin Lurssen, Engineer - Sly Dunbar, Drums - Dean Fraser, Arranger, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Max Heyes, Engineer - Youth, Producer - Bravo, Engineer - Javier Weyler, Engineer - Tony Kelly, Engineer - Tony Chin, Arranger, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Robbie Shakespeare, Backing Vocals, Bass - U-Roy, MainArtist - Geoff Neal, Engineer - Reuben Cohen, Engineer - Zak Starkey, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Euwart Asman Beckford, Composer - Sharna liguz, Producer, Arranger, Backing Vocals - Barry O'Hare, Engineer - Hopeton Williams, Horn - Nate Haessly, Engineer - Stingwray, Trumpet - Oliver Heyward, Engineer - Ade Sabini, Engineer - Jared Hirschland, Engineer - Nikita Cremella, Engineer - Stewart Hurwood, Technician Guitar

© 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2021 Trojan Jamaica, Ltd under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Album Description

Dancehall legend U-Roy was active in music from the early '60s right up until the time of his death in 2021 at age 78. During his career, his output helped set the course for multiple musical styles, with the toasting he's often credited as originating serving as a precursor for the earliest hip-hop and rap. Solid Gold U-Roy is an album heavy on guest stars, and before being pushed back by complications surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and then U-Roy's death, it was slated for a 2020 release accompanied by a full tour. As a grand send-off, Solid Gold U-Roy is about as majestic as one could hope for. U-Roy and a cast of royalty from across several genres breathe new life into familiar reggae classics and a few reworkings of some of his earliest songs, all marked by vivid production and a general sense of celebration and joy. There are multiple takes on Bob Marley tunes, including album opener "Trenchtown Rock" (featuring vocals from Ziggy Marley), as well as boisterous versions of "Soul Rebel" (with lead vocals by David Hinds) and "Small Axe" (sung by Jesse Royal), all with U-Roy's signature toasts flowing into every available space between the verses. Santigold steals the show on a particularly deep bass version of reggae standard "Man Next Door," capturing the song's eeriness with woozy vocal harmonies that embody the feeling of having been up all night dealing with noisy neighbors. In addition to covering other artist's hits, U-Roy reworks several songs from his self-titled 1974 album, including a version of "Rule the Nation" featuring new toasts from Shaggy, "Tom Drunk" featuring Tarrus Riley, and "Wake the Town," the only song that U-Roy tackles all by himself here. The album closes with an epic rendition of "Every Knee Shall Bow," a song U-Roy toasted over with Johnny Clarke in 1978 that now stretches out over 15 minutes to include contributions from Big Youth and the Clash's Mick Jones. Not just that, but directly following the song comes a beautifully shadowy dub version by Scientist. Solid Gold U-Roy is a fittingly triumphant final act from an artist who dedicated his life to the advancement of art. It's at once traditional and futuristic, returning to some of U-Roy's past victories and somehow rendering them even brighter and more invigorating.
© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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