It was a visit to Jamaica at age 17 that gave Johnny Nash the motivation to cross-fertilise that island’s reggae rhythms with pop soul. The results more than stand the test of time on this album from 1975, by which time Nash had been marrying the rhythmic strands for several years, during which he had introduced Bob Marley & The Wailers to the UK on 1971 tour. Marley contributes three songs here, including the fine Reggae’s On Broadway, adding to Nash’s own inkings, of which the elongated opener Why Did You Do It stands out. While his hit songs such as Tears On My Pillow linger, the lesser-known tracks here offer the most interest, as with Marley’s Rock It Baby, with its lovely, lazy-sounding brass lines behind the main infectious song. Produced/co-produced by Nash himself, this set stands up in every department, and will surprise many with its 70s crossover quality and interest.
Johnny Nash - Tears On My Pillow
Musical hybrid that still sounds fresh
RPM | RETRO 819
Reviewed by Kingsley Abbott
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