As noted above (see BB 07), Milton Henry got his start in the Leaders in the late 1960s, and passed through the Emotions, the Hippy Boys and the Progressions before going solo, cutting noteworthy singles for Lee Perry, and his own self-produced work. After migrating to New York, he became an integral part of Bullwackies, helping with sales and A&R, as well as production. His 1985 debut, Who Do You Think I Am, is rightly regarded as a classic. Nothing much was heard from Milton after the 1987 follow-up, Babylon Loot, making the appearance of this new 12-inch, and the album that it stems from (see BB 36), all the more welcome. With tasteful production courtesy of Europe’s leading roots producer, Roberto Sanchez, at his A-Lone Ark Muzik studio in Santander, and Milton voicing the resultant rhythms at Bullwackie’s latest New York HQ, Milton sounds quite at home and completely at ease as he remarks on his everlasting faith on ‘Rastafari Cannot Die’; in contrast, ‘Let Go The Ego’ has Henry addressing all the sex maniacs out there, telling them to simply relax in bed, rather than worry about over-performing. The extended mixes draw out the best of the backing musicianship, with the flute and brass melody and vibrant percussion being particularly evident on the latter track.
David Katz ©
MILTON HENRY Rastafari Cannot Die / Let Go The Ego / LONE ARK RIDDIM FORCE Dub Version
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