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Jacob Miller

  • Dread, Dread [United Artists, 1978] B+

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Dread, Dread [United Artists, 1978]
Miller had never impressed me with Inner Circle on Capitol, so I put aside this solo effort without much pain. Then an adept suggested I flip the loudness switch and turn up the bass and treble--advice that applies to all of Tom Moulton's reggae remixes for U.S. UA. Boom--different music. The Rasta homilies area little thin and the remakes of "Why Can't We Be Friends" and "Dock of the Bay" unnecessary, but "Tenement Yard" is neither, and I love Miller's basic vocal trick, which makes him sound like a kid imitating a machine gun. The adept tells me Inner Circle sounds better in Jamaican too. B+