Ken Parker – Sacred Songs – ‘I Shall Not Be Moved’ (Pisces TKD/7) (1984)

With nary a skank in sight, reggae singer Ken Parker made a gospel record devoid of riddim and sounds as if “I Shall Not Be Moved” was not meant to convey faith and steadfastness but rather inertia. An interesting concept, Parker contrived to segue seven songs per side in a kind of folk-medley. Unfortunately, he and producer K. Farquharson achieved this by keeping the melodies simple, the accompaniment bland and the pace snail’s four square. One wishes it hadn’t come from a Jamaican. I will seek immediate solace in the form of Cornell Campbell’s dynamic and dubwise Bunny Lee-produced version of the title song. 

Removed from Demelza House this afternoon for 50p. In fact, their records are a pound, but all I had was half that, so they let it go at a discount. “If you’re inclined,” they said, “You can put 50p in the collection box next time you’re here.” I will.

Published in: on July 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

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