Every Man For Every Man
Adrian Sherwood-produced LP for Jo Wallace’s Ramsgate-based Ramrock Records. A former football hooligan, who found Rastafarianism in prison, on his release Ghetto Priest used reggae as a force for social change, first as a member of the On U Sound collective and then with Asian Dub Foundation. Every Man For Every Man, recorded in London’s Red Bull Studios and Livingstone Studios, with a band featuring former Aswad bassist George Oban, Roots Radics and Dub Syndicate drummer Style Scott, keyboardist Carlton ‘Bubblers’ Ogilvie and guitarist Tony Phillips, continues that good work. I Murder Hate is a compelling re-versioning of Robert Burns poem of the same name; covers of Peter Tosh’s Babylon Queendom and Judy Mowatt’s Black Woman are passionate and potent; the title track, a message of equality and unity and Good Lord, a tender hymnal, reaffirm his position in the UK roots reggae vanguard.