- Release Date 2013-06-24
- Label Jazzman
- Catalog JM095
In 1981 Charmaine Burnette was pretty much unknown and untested as a singer, but Forbes heard potential in her voice and gave her a chance. Summoned to London's Chinatown where Dean Fraser and an all-Jamaican band were gathered in a basement studio, Burnette recorded her first single 'Am I the Same Girl', recorded in the same session as Sugar Minott's 'Got a Good Thing Going'. Both records were released - the former song bombed and went nowehere, the latter was picked up by RCA and went on to reach #4 in the UK charts, assuring Minott's place in UK reggae history. The same cannot be said of Burnette, who has since faded into obscurity.
Perhaps Forbes was right in thinking that the heavy bass drum and sweet vocal combination wasn't right, but in fact it was way ahead of its time, just right for today's fat subwoofers and deep bass bins - crank it up and feel the sound of super heavy reggaefied soul!