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Let’s face it, not that many artist have the ability pull off a Marvin Gaye cover with such tasteful results, and to top it off also cover a modern classic by Michael Kiwanuka. What a treat this is, I had to snatch 2 copies of this gem.
Favorite track: Ital City Dub.
Legendary Reggae vocalist Cornell Campbell is to release a new E.P entitled ‘Time For Peace’, to mark the 52nd Anniversary of Martin Luthur King Jr’s assassination, 4th April 2021.
Taking its title from Cornell’s lyrical addition to Black Man In A White World, “I want you to understand, I need, I need everyone to hang on, in love, peace and unity”, the new 12” EP features bold interpretations of two of soul music's most iconic songs about race, identity and injustice.
Both Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Black Man In A White World’ and ‘Outernational Blues’ - a take on the Marvin Gaye classic ‘Inner City Blues’ - evoke the sentiment and spirit of MLK’s peaceful protest, and act as a reminder as to the importance of grace, pride and dignity in difficult times. Capturing a unique combination of vocal vulnerability and wisdom, this is music that demands deep listening. Cornell Campbell’s voice at 75, carries a new found poignancy and depth of emotion; one which feels perfectly suited to delivering an elders perspective on such emotionally loaded topics.
The E.P was recorded and produced over four countries, with the music for all tracks having been recorded in London, England at The Total Refreshment Centre, before being voiced in Kingston Jamaica at Anchor Studios. Additional backing vocals were added at Heritage Recording Co in Burbank, California, before the track was finally mixed and produced by Sergio Lopez, in Andalucia, Spain.
‘Time For Peace’ is the first in a series of four releases from icons of reggae, including ‘Time For Love’ by Tabby Diamond, of The Mighty Diamonds, ‘Time For Change’ by Fred Locks and ‘Time For Unity’ by Big Youth; all to be released on limited 12” vinyl.
released April 4, 2021
All music recorded by Kristian Craig Robinson at Total Refreshment Studios, London.
Vocals recorded by Delroy 'Phatta' Pottinger at Anchor Studios, Kingston, Jamaica.
Mixed and produced by Sergio Lopez.
Keith 'Mindlink' McKintosh: MD, Arranger and Keys
Ajani 'AJ' McKnezie: Bass
Brian 'Rim Bim' Gustave: Drums
Benedict Wood: Guitar
Jordi Viella: Guitar
Alabaster DePlume: Saxaphone
Jackson Mathod: Trumpet
Tamina Johnson-Lawson, Aankha Neil and Moira Mack: Backing vocals
Backing vocals recorded by Chris Rondell at Heritage Recording Co, Burbank, California and arranged arranged & produced by Brandon Eugene Owens.