I Kong


I Kong - The Way It Is - VP

In the wake of albums from people like Pablo Moses and I Jah Man Levi, came this set - it came out on Top Ranking back in 1978. Then it sounded a bit over-produced and it still sounds a bit like today. I Kong is a great singer/songwriter - but where sets like 'Revolutionary Dream' and 'Haile I Hymn' got the balance of roots reggae to rock instrumentation right - this album just went a bit to far. Usually time makes things like this a bit better - but the rock guitar and background vocals still sound a too rocky. Despite that its still a good album, and the singing and songwriting from I Kong is excellent. Hopefully someone will reissue his next album - 'Africa Calling' is a much better set - produced by Gilly Dread.