»Everywhere I go in this world
I have neighbour
I have idren
I have bredrin that even have sistren.
Englishman a me idren
Canadian man a me bredrin
American them a me idren
and the daughter them a me sistren«
I love how the youth Barrington opens up the whole album with his mellow vocalising of unity on the title track. I often detour into obscure reggae releases for various reasons but then every once in a while I put on these classic sets and I just become uplifted by that incredible feeling. I have a really hard time accepting what some people regard the axioms of reggae regarding the 70's roots as the pinnacle of the genre. I can never escape the fact that these early dancehall productions are for summarise the most perfect era of Jamaican music. The sparseness of the productions with the tough mixing and deeply vibesical artist on top of it. It's so much style. Unparalleled by any other genre.
Englishman is one of Barringtons earliest efforts and one of those releases where he still was a fresh voice on the scene. The producer Junjo hadn't become the omnipotent producer he'd be in just a year or so and the whole set is just exhuberant rub-a-dub.
Englishman is truly one of the great dancehall albums. I've always loved the cover art on the Jah Life issue more since it has Barrington and Junjo sparring in some ancient martial arts techniques. I don't know how it connects to the title of the album. This version of the cover makes more sense I guess ... Barrington posing in front of what I can only presume is someone elses car. Please, Barry. A Rolls Royce? Still. It's. Style.