Bim Sherman – Miracle (1996)

Bim Sherman – Miracle (1996)

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Artist: Bim Sherman
Title Of Album: Miracle
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: Mantra MNT 1004
Genre: Soul / Reggae
Quality: MP3 | FLAC
Bitrate: VBR 0 | 16Bit/44kHz
Total Size: 150 MB | 400 MB
Total Time: 52:30
01. Golden Locks 5:38
02. Bewildered 4:29
03. Over the Rainbow 6:16
04. Must Be a Dream 5:41
05. Simple Life 5:09
06. Solid As a Rock 4:53
07. My Woman 4:06
08. Missing You 4:06
09. Can I Be Free From Crying 4:23
10. Lover's Leap 3:42
11. Just Can't Stand It 4:07
Bim Sherman: Vocals
Skip McDonald: Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie: Backing Vocals
Studio Beat Orchestra Bombay: Strings
Doug Wimbish: Bass
Talvin Singh: Percussion, Tabla
Adrian Sherwood: Producer
Review from Allmusic:
What a strange idea – an unplugged reggae album. Stranger still is how well it works. On Miracle, the wispy-voiced Bim Sherman records some of the oldies that he seems capable of recycling endlessly ("Golden Locks," "Lovers Leap," "Can I Be Free from Crying") along with a few new songs, but what makes this session so unique is the instrumentation: acoustic guitars, strings, Indian percussion (courtesy of tabla virtuoso Talvin Singh) and only the most subtle smatterings of synth and electric bass. These versions of "Golden Locks" and "Bewildered" aren't even reggae, strictly speaking, but they sure are pretty. The string section plays in an explicitly Indian style, which, combined with the tabla, creates a strange West-Indies-meets-East-Indies sort of ambience. Skip McDonald's supremely tasteful guitar and multitracked backing vocals contribute significantly to the success of this weird but lovely album. In the Unintended Consequences Department: note how the spare acoustic setting of "My Woman" exposes the howling sexism of Sherman's lyrics. (Note: the entire program is presented in electric remixes on a companion disc titled It Must Be a Dream, available separately on the same label.)
Biography from Allmusic:
One of reggae's most enduring cult figures, Bim Sherman was also among the most highly-regarded singers of his generation, with his sweet, wistful and unmistakable voice acclaimed by scholars as one of the purest ever to emerge from the Jamaican music scene. Born in 1956, he first attracted notice with his 1974 debut single "One Hundred Years in Babylon;" the Kingston studio circuit soon beckoned, but Sherman instead went his own way, refusing to perform any material except the songs which he himself wrote. As a result, he remained under-recorded throughout his career, a predicament rare in the annals of reggae history; by 1976 he was even forced to form his own labels, Scorpio and Red Sea, selling his singles on the streets of Kingston. Self-released efforts like "Golden Locks" and "My Whole World" earned Sherman a small but devout following, and in 1978 the British label Tribesman Records compiled his early work on the LP Love Forever (later remastered and reissued as Love Forever: Jamaican Classics, Vol. 1). He relocated to England in the 1980s, there joining the On-U Sound stable headed by producer Adrian Sherwood; with Sherwood at the helm, in 1982 Sherman recorded the acclaimed Across the Red Sea before forming another self-owned label, Century, to release an LP of the same name. Albums including Crazy World and Haunting Ground followed, but he did not break through to international audiences until the release of his 1996 LP Miracle, an acoustic reunion with Sherwood which also included contributions from drum 'n' bass guru Talvin Singh. Among the most renowned reggae releases of the year, it inspired 1997's It Must Be a Dream, a collection of remixes. Rub-a-Dub followed in the spring of 2000.
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