The Mighty Diamonds - Right Time Come

The Mighty Diamonds - Right Time Come
Album:
Right Time Come
Release Date:
March 9, 1999
Duration:
01:03:47
Styles:
Roots Reggae
Genre:

As members of the Channel One stable, the Mighty Diamonds were arguably the finest roots group recording under the Hookim brothers during the mid- to late '70s (excellent sides were also cut by the Wailing Souls and Earth & Stone). With a harmony style rooted in American soft soul and a lyrical voice informed by the teachings of Marcus Garvey and an unwavering faith in Rastafari, the trio recorded a series of exceptional full-lengths and 45 sides for the label beginning in 1975. Their debut album, 1976's Right Time, was built around the group's early singles: songs like "Have Mercy," "Them Never Love," "I Need a Roof," and "The Right Time." Not to be confused with that set, NYC Music's Right Time Come doubles the length of the original release by adding material from 1978's Stand up to Your Judgment along with a few more obscure cuts. Listeners looking for the debut in its original form (with bonus tracks appended), however, will be disappointed. Right Time Come shuffles the music together, breaking up the Mighty Diamonds' classics in the process. All things considered, a minor complaint considering Stand up to Your Judgment had long been unavailable outside of Jamaica (or on CD). Songs like "Back Weh" and "I Want to Know" revealed how deep the group's repertoire was at the time, while a pair of covers (the Stylistics' "Country Living" and the Chi-Lites' "Stoned out of My Mind") paid homage to a pair of early influences. Combined with the material from Right Time, the result is a satisfying introduction to the earliest and finest music of this excellent roots outfit.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Cho Mi Brethen / Lloyd Ferguson / Fitzroy SimpsonThe Mighty Diamonds2:54
Country Living / Thom Bell / Linda CreedThe Mighty Diamonds4:00
The Right Time / Lloyd Ferguson / Joseph "Jo Jo" Hoo Kim / D.T. Shaw / Fitzroy SimpsonThe Mighty Diamonds3:24
Shame and Pride / Lloyd Ferguson / Donald "Tabby" Shaw / Fitzroy SimpsonThe Mighty Diamonds3:28
Stoned Out of My Mind / Barbara Acklin / Eugene RecordThe Mighty Diamonds3:19
Back WheyThe Mighty Diamonds3:35
Africa / Lloyd FergusonThe Mighty Diamonds3:15
Plastic WorldThe Mighty Diamonds3:03
There's No Me Without YouThe Mighty Diamonds3:12
Why, Me Black BrotherThe Mighty Diamonds3:18
Gnashing of Teeth / Lloyd Ferguson / Donald "Tabby" Shaw / Fitzroy SimpsonThe Mighty Diamonds3:15
Them Never LoveThe Mighty Diamonds2:54
Fools Rush InThe Mighty Diamonds3:12
I Want to KnowThe Mighty Diamonds3:29
I Need a Roof / The Mighty Diamonds / Lloyd Ferguson / Donald "Tabby" Shaw / Fitzroy SimpsonThe Mighty Diamonds3:02
Go Seek Your Rights / Lloyd Ferguson / Donald "Tabby" Shaw / Fitzroy SimpsonThe Mighty Diamonds3:38
Have Mercy / Lloyd Ferguson / Donald "Tabby" Shaw / Fitzroy SimpsonThe Mighty Diamonds3:28
Natural Natty / Lloyd Ferguson / Donald "Tabby" Shaw / Fitzroy SimpsonThe Mighty Diamonds2:59
Praise Is All We GetThe Mighty Diamonds4:22

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