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Blessed Youth


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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Makasound/Rockers
  • ASIN: B000NJMM04
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hugh Mundell's tragic life story -- he was a promising young roots reggae singer who, at age 21, was senselessly killed during an argument over a refrigerator -- has always overshadowed any examination of his actual vocal skill, which was impressive enough when he began his career as a young teen but did not have time to mature into anything more exciting than that. His songwriting talent was similarly middling overall, but remarkable in someone so young. Most American reggae listeners, if they know his work at all, are familiar with the album Africa Must Be Free by 1983, recorded under the supervision of producer Augustus Pablo between 1975-1977; Blessed Youth brings together selections from his subsequent three albums, which were recorded at a variety of studios between 1978 and his death in 1981. The music is a bit uneven, but there are moments of real brilliance, among them the powerful "Time & Place" and the repatriation anthem "Time Has Come." Mundell's mediocre singing on "Oh How I Love H.I.M." is saved by a nice cameo on the part of DJ Jah Bull, and he is charmingly diffident on the love song "Don't Stay Away." The best introduction to Mundell's art is still Africa Must Be Free by 1983 (which includes the album's dubwise counterpart on the CD reissue), but anyone who is left wanting more will enjoy this collection just as much. ~ Rick Anderson, Rovi

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. on January 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I still remember this man and wonder what he would be bringing to the music and reagge world today. Africa Must Be Free, for me is still the greatest. Hugh was ahead of his time. We were in second form english class at Ardenne High School when he wrote that song. I remember we had an assignment and I sat next to him when he wrote the song. When he handed the song in the teached's first comment was that she had heard that on the radio, Hugh did not write it. I had to tell her I watched Hugh write the song. She did not believe me. I don't remember her giving him credit because she thought it was an existing song.

Hugh was my very good friend from first form. We were drawn to him because he had skills we did not understand. He music was insipring. I still miss that man.
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