Horace Andy – Life Is for Living (Ariwa, 1995)

Horace Andy
Life Is for Living

CD Ariwa ARICD106 (USA, 1995)

01. Life Is for Living
02. What a Day
03. Must Be Jah
04. Nah Dis You
05. Never Deceive You
06. Rebel
07. Do your Work
08. Armageddon
09. Zion I
10. Dem a Fraud
11. Dub Is Bad

Produced by Mad Professor
Recorded & mixed at Ariwa Studios, London

Life is For Living represented the first fruits of Horace Andy’s collaboration with reggae traditionalist/futurist Neil « Mad Professor » Fraser. Having recorded for the top producers of reggae’s first (Clement Dodd) and second (Keith Hudson, Bunny Lee) generations, Andy’s selection of the Ariwa record owner for this 1995 set seemed a logical step. The singer’s contributions to Massive Attack’s critically acclaimed Blue Lines and its underrated follow-up Protection seem to have given him the confidence to produce his finest set of all-original material in some time. As usual, the singer’s highly distinctive, aching vocal style is well suited to the sort of pained meditations on death, love, faith, and the harshness of daily living found here. The opening title track finds him stretching out in a discomix style past the seven-minute mark. Though the track is most notable for Mad Professor’s mixing work rather than the subdued vocal, the singer hits his stride three tracks in. « Must Be Jah » finds him in top form again, milking the lyric in classic Andy style. « Zion I » and « Dem a Fraud » with their traditional, nyahbingi flavored rhythms represent new territory for the singer. Andy closes the former with a spoken word coda while Mad Professor brings the dub elements of the latter to the forefront on the satisfying version excursion « Dub is Bad. » Though the material hardly surpasses the singer’s classic In the Light, which was re-issued by Blood and Fire the same year, Life is For Living is a solid set with many of the same merits. (Nathan Bush, All Music Guide)

FR Joie! Bonheur! Enfin du spam! Un blog musical où personne ne laisse de commentaire c’est la norme, un blog que personne ne visite c’est la vie, mais un blog sans spam c’est la honte. Quand même les robots vous ignorent, à quoi bon continuer? Heureusement, cette page commence enfin à recevoir des commentaires indésirables, c’est la preuve que j’existe, je suis rassuré. Alors un petit Horace Andy pour fêter ça (et casser la routine des derniers messages, aussi).
ENG Spam! Here! At last! A blog with zero comments that’s fine, a blog with zero readers that’s life, but a blog whit zero spam, come on… If even these virtual robots ignore your blog, what’s the point? But recently this page started to receive these undesirable funny comments, this comforts me. So here’s this lesser-known Life Is for Living to celebrate.

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