Junior Murvin

 

 

Junior Murvin - Muggers In The Street - Greensleeves

One artist who thankfully as never been over-exposed is Junior Murvin. Since the mid 70's with Lee Perry, his visits to the studio have only been with Pauline Morrison and Mikey Dread. Now Junjo carries this very talented singer back into the studio, to give us another set of fine songs. The title track 'Muggers In The Street' is a version of 'Police And Thieves' featuring the Radics at Channel One with Solgie on the board. The rest of the material is split along traditional lines. (Review from Small Axe 21 - 1984 ) This latest release sees the album in a digipak and is remastered and is excellent.

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Junior Murvin - Police And Thieves - Island - CD

Lee Perry in my opinion as not done well out of the current reissue programs of reggae record companies. Apart from the The Congoes on Blood and Fire, and the Bunny Scott on Tabou 1 - most of the man's productions have been concentrated on endless various artists sets at the expense of his considerable work with a wide range of artists. DJ's, singers, bands, vocal groups, musicians - Old Scratch as worked with them all. So its good to see Island - not noted for forward thinking, tracking down the one called Dave Katz and letting him compile an album with one of Lee Perry greatest successes - Junior Murvin. This edition of 'Police And Thieves' a 15 track set with a running time of over 70 minutes! A classic set made better, a rare event in any kind of music.

Junior Murvin - Police & Thieves - Island -

Lee Perry loves the human voice. To him it was another instrument, that was better than any other. Once you know that, a lot of what Scratch does makes even more sense and is even more impressive. Junior Murvin's high range vocal style needs a certain type of sound to make it work properly. He also needs the right songs. All the songs on this have a biblical feel, perhaps with the exception of the title track which is reality. And with Scratch's vivid rhythms they create a sense of wonderment and awareness.

Junior Murvin - Muggers In The Street - Greensleeves - 1984.

One artist who thankfully as never been over-exposed is Junior Murvin. Since the mid 70's with Lee Pery, his visits to the studio have only been with Pauline Morrison and Mikey Dread. Now Junjo carries this very talented singer back into the studio, to give us another set of fine songs. The title track 'Muggers In The Street' is a version of 'Police And Thieves' featuring the Radics at Channel One with Solgie on the board. The rest of the material is split along traditional lines.

Junior Murvin - Apartheid - Greensleeves - 1986

Junior's work with Lee Perry produced a song that for many neatly sums up the mid seventies 'Police & Thieves'. Now in the mid 80's we find him working with another producer with a very distinctive sound Prince Jammy. And once again Junior brings us a topical issue, Apartheid. Not a new subject for reggae artists to cover lyrically, but Junior's is the first to use the computirised/digital/electronic sound of reggae music today. A new sound that stirs the passions of all freedom loving people.

Junior Murvin - Signs & Wonders - Live & Learn - 1988

This man is one of the music's finest singer/songwriters. His last album - produced by Jammys was a great work. Junior fitting in well with the digital rhythms. 'Signs & Wonders' produced by Delroy Wright is more traditional. It finds Junior singing his songs over rhythms built by a wide range of musicians. The end result is a very mellow album - 'One Big Family' is just one of many fine tracks. Credited arrangers on the album are Al Campbell, Delroy Wright and Clive Hunt.

Junior Murvin – Wise Man / Winston Fergus – Praise Him – Dubwise.

Yet another production from Port Antonio this time from a studio called Native. And it’s the welcome return of another Junior – Junior Soul or Murvin. Its also another great biblically inspired tune as well. Winston Fergus steps forward again with ‘Praise Him’ on side two in a roots style. Well forward.