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Campbell, Cornell - Ropin'
Campbell, Cornell - Ropin'
Radiation Roots | CD | 13

One of the sweetest and most idiosyncratic voices in reggae, tenor singer Cornell Campbell also has one of the longest/running careers of any Jamaican recording artist. Taken under Studio One founder Clement ir Coxsone' Dodd's wing at a very young age, Cornell cut his first recordings in 1956, long before ska was even established. He remained based at Studio One for many years *working as a label printer as well as a recording artist(, and also voiced sides for King Edwards in the ska years. He then briefly joined the Sensations in rock steady and recorded at Treasure Isle, before moving back to Studio One as leader of the Eternals when reggae arrived, cutting huge hits there such as tars' and ueen Of The Mistrel,' and giving early coaching to Slim Smith, Jacob Miller and bassist Robbie Shakespeare. Joining forces with ace producer Bunny triker' Lee in the mid/1970s brought a dramatic new surge in popularity that greatly boosted his profile overseas. The Ropin' LP was issued on Third World's Justice subsidiary in 1980-a sub label set up to handle Striker's product in the UK *though hits like ash You Down' and the title track had been handled in Jamaica by Joe Gibbs(. One of the album's outstanding moments is andulu,' an anti/rude boy epic voiced on the ate Night Blues' rhythm, while opening cover, ust My Imagination,' has an uncredited toasting portion from Errol Scorcher.

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