In 1998, Anthony Gomes won the award for Best Unsigned Blues Band in a competition held at Buddy Guy’s Legends. Five years later, he was named Artist of the Year in Blues Wax’s annual readers’ poll. On his latest effort Music Is the Medicine, however, he strives for something greater. Not that Gomes completely forsakes the genre in which he garnered a cult following, but throughout the affair, he uses the blues more as the starting point rather than the focus for his journey.
This is a great album. The 2-disc set gives a whopping 36 (22+14) of the late Garnett Silk's hits. All the songs are really big hits. Garnett was one of the most talented entertainers Jamaica has ever produced. His songs are both enlightning and inspiring. The tracks are also very well written, well produced, and, while being mainly conscious songs, the set gives the listener the vibe to rock while meditating on the remarkable, well put togehter lyrics.
As far as favorites go, I must say that the whole album is enjoyable. My favorites include, Splashing Dashing, Lord Watch Over our Shoulders, Mama, Kingly Character, Hello Mama Africa, Nothing Can Devide Us, Oh Me Oh My, It's Growing, Commitment, Love is the Answer, See Bimbo Ya, Everything I've Got (personal favorite), Place in Your Heart, Disadvantaged, Fight Back, Complain, Fill Us Up With Your Mercy, Man Is Just A Man, Zion in a Vision, Spread The Love, and Singing for the People.
There is also an interview at the end of disc 2 which allows the lister to learn about the singer from the singer himself.
This is a great buy for any music lover. All fans of the late artiste will also love this album. I highly recommend it!!
Albert Ayler was a lightning rod for criticism both from within the music community and from without. His free-thinking approach made him a bane for jazz traditionalists, and his incorporation of popular American musical styles like soul, R&B, and even rock made him a sellout to the free jazz crowd. His volume in The Impulse Story series – one of ten individual artist titles to accompany both the book The House That Trane Built: The Impulse Story by Ashley Kahn and the four-CD label history set of the same name from Universal, is in many ways the very evidence of both points on the scale. ~ AllMusic
During 1967-69 avant-garde innovator Albert Ayler recorded a series of albums for Impulse that started on a high level and gradually declined in quality. This LP, Ayler's first Impulse set, was probably his best for that label. There are two selections apiece from a pair of live appearances with Ayler having a rare outing on alto on the emotional "For John Coltrane" and the more violent "Change Has Come" while backed by cellist Joel Friedman, both Alan Silva and Bill Folwell on basses and drummer Beaver Harris. ~ AllMusic
Holy Ghost is the first comprehensive attempt to build a monument in sound to Albert Ayler. The settings – radio and TV sessions, studio demos, private recordings, live concert footage – find his music at its most liberated. And with the sponsorship and assistance of Ayler's family, friends, and colleagues, Holy Ghost documents his never-before-heard first and last recordings, bookending rare and unissued music from every stage of his career.revenantrecords.com