April 6, 2015

Junior Murvin - Cross Over (1978)


If you're a fan of classic reggae you've most heard Junior Murvin's falsetto over various tracks, especially the 1977 classic Police and Thieves. On this album Murvin shines. It's one of the most soulful reggae albums I've ever heard, and Murvin is pitch perfect. Murvin is like the reggae version of Marvin Gaye, with the same soul and pure falsetto. This album is like Gaye's What's Goin On too. It's lost the driving rhythms of some of the tracks off Police and Thieves, and instead has some of the most laid back but still cheerful reggae ever (can reggae ever not be cheerful at all?). On some of the tracks there's a duet with another singer, likely Lee "Scratch" Perry or one of the Upsetters. The production of course is incredible, most likely all from Perry. It seems that this album is a compilation of early Murvin tracks (?), but if anyone with better knowledge could weigh in that would be great. I couldn't find anything on this album after a decent amount of research, and have given up for now.

Sample

Cross Over