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Alpheus (1991)

Heartbeat HB 221

Nothing Can Stop You; Let's Take The Vows; Quality Time; Mother And Father; Jealous People; Love Games; Secret Admirer; Equal Rights; Mrs Right; Running From My Love; We Shouldn't Have To See This; I See You Through My Window; Bad Bwoy; It's You Alone

"Brand new and exclusive too. Straight from Studio One, a new star in the same firmament as Sugar Minott, Freddie McGregor and Bob Marley. Hand picked and groomed by Jamaica's legendary producer Clement Dodd. Alpheus, a UK transplant, travels between the Lovers Rock of 'Quality Time' to the remake of 'Equal Rights', mixing a fresh sound on classic Studio One rhythms like 'Lecturer' and 'Throw Me Corn'. Fourteen new and up to date hits from the legendary Studio One label. Alpheus breaks through, compliments of Studio One, full of quality and right on time."

You might expect sleeve notes to exaggerate, but Alpheus is by no means in the same league as Sugar Minott, Freddie McGregor or Bob Marley. In fact, this album is more comparable to the sets put out by Glenn Washington and JD Smoothe last year than to such classics as LIVE LOVING or BOBBY BOBYLON. Fourteen new vocal excursions over familiar rhythms - very pleasant, but I can't help feeling that this is becoming too much of a formulaic approach. In the end it is the timeless Studio One rhythms that carry the day.

However, if you enjoyed the Glenn Washington and JD Smoothe outings then you are more than likely to enjoy this one just as much.

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