Ossie Dellimore
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"CD Review"

Ossie Dellimore feeds the masses who hunger for consciousness with the release of his debut CD Freedom's Journal. Backed by the Soldiers of Justice band, this album features 10 crucial cuts, all written and produced by Ossie himself.

Freedom's Journal is built upon a solid roots foundation laid down by Soldiers of Justice uses strictly live instruments. Ossie Dellimore adds his unique vocal style to deliver potent political and socially conscious songs like 'The System', 'Fire Man' and 'Justice' that speak to the afflictions facing society and the people's need for spiritual upliftment in their modern day way of life.

Originally hailing from St. Vincent, Ossie Dellimore's musical career was boosted by his capturing first prize at Amateur Night at The Apollo. Several years later, Ossie's abundant musical and lyrical talents convinced Easy Star Records to include his first single 'Time Has Come' on the Easy Star Vol. 1 compilation album. Another version of that song is also included on Freedom's Journal, as is Ossie's second single 'Sharp As A Razor', a combination with Jr. Demus.

In bringing together heartical roots riddims with rich intelligent conscious lyrics, Freedom's Journal reveals that the time has come for the sounds of Ossie Dellimore and Soldiers of Justice to be heard far and wide.

Daniel - Ireggae
- Ireggae.com


"CD Review"

In 1998, I first heard 'Easy Star Volume One,' a crucial compilation on the Easy Star label. That's also when I first heard of Ossie Dellimore. His offering, 'Time Has Come,' was a smooth yet powerful tune which had me hungering for more. Two years later, he released the original 'Freedom's Journal' with the subtitle 'Righteousness Exalteth A Nation.' What a classic recording that was, with song after song being absolute killers.

Fast forward to 2003. 'Freedom's Journal' has been out of print for awhile and after some negotiations, it's decided to be re-released as the first disc ever available on Skank Records.

The decision to slightly alter the original disc was met with Ossie's blessings. We basically blended each song to have a more continuous flow and dealt with Easy Star Records to license the original version of his debut single, the aforementioned 'Time Has Come,' as well as its dub version, 'Solomon Dub' (it was felt the vocal version was much stronger than the jazzy rendition found on the first pressing). We also added an extended mix of "Sharp As A Razor" as well as 'Razor Dub.' The result, we feel, is an outstanding disc - even stronger than the original.

This "new" Freedom's Journal now clocks in at just under one hour. It still blasts off with "The System," an absolutely crucial opening tune. "Fire Man" is next, then the Easy Star version of "Time Has Come" followed by its version, "Solomon Dub."

The order of the remaining songs remains the same, and all are superb. "To The Limit," "Rocker Reggae," "Got To be Free," "Downpressor Man," "A Better Way," "Justice" and the outstanding collaboration (and extended mix) with Junior Demus called "Sharp As A Razor." "Razor Dub" has been added to close things down.

"Freedom's Journal" is full of beautiful harmonies, catchy tunes and Ossie's signature vocals jumping from the speakers, demanding to be heard. His songwriting is excellent, his lyrics are conscious and uplifting and his backing band - the Soldiers Of Justice - lay down some rocking, TIGHT, intricate rhythms.

You'll also find a 16 page booklet with an extensive interview and lyrics.

Once again, from the liner notes...

"I remember Michael from Easy Star in the late '90s," said Ossie. "As soon as I finished playing one night he said 'yo man, let's do a song,' and we did 'Time Has Come.' It was released as a single in March of '98 and then in June it was on the compilation that came out ['Easy Star Volume One']. I then did 'Sharp As A Razor' with Junior Demus as a prelude to 'Freedom's Journal.'

"I remember liking Junior's voice and thinking I needed someone like that on 'Sharp As A Razor.' I carried the music to Junior without the deejay stuff and told him to work on it. I told him to do his own thing, I didn't want to tell him what to do. I remember clearly when we recorded it, we went to pick him up and there was like 12 inches of snow on the ground," Ossie said laughing. "He came to the studio, brought the lyrics with him and it sounded all right, nothing special. But then we rolled some spliffs and had some Heinekins, and man, he went to the mic and it was one take, I swear. I never heard Junior Demus chant like that before. It was the first time like that. So that song there, when you hear Junior Demus chanting, that's one take, mon!

"Sometimes we'd be in the studio until two, three, four, even five in the morning. Then I'd jump back on the train, but sometimes I'd just sleep there. It took about nine months to record 'Freedom's Journal' and get the finished product exactly as we wanted. Everything was done live; live drums, live bass, keyboards. We'd bring in food, weed - ya know - everything we needed. Ya know the vibes were right. Some of them songs have 30 tracks, mon. I'll tell ya, it was a labor of love."

It's obvious that's a true statement and if you're one who likes your roots reggae cleanly produced with an edge, believe me, this disc will blow you away.

"We're gonna come at the world now with this new 'Freedom's Journal,' but I have new songs all ready to go. I wanna call the next record 'Ethiopia Rejoice.' All of the material, believe me, it's gonna be a much stronger record than 'Freedom's Journal.'"

If that's the case, get ready for the next disc. It should be incredible. Until then, however, re-live the brilliance of Ossie Dellimore's debut. This improved re-issue of 'Freedom's Journal' is now - and will forever be - available for reggae music lovers worldwide.




- Skank Records


"CD Review"

In this times, in which you see much spiritual emptiness in the musical works, it is always a good thing to have in your hands a document of consciousness, and Ossie Delimore's debut CD Freedom's Journal is just that. Subtitled "Righteousness exaltheth A Nation", this CD contains 10 pure roots reggae tracks, all written and composed by Ossie Dellimore himself.
All tracks are worked out well and creatively. They have a beginning, an end, there's many chord changes and a full roots band is playing it very tigh, upfull and right. Nice thing, that although the arrangement is full and the compositions are not simple, the songs always stay groovy. A very difficult thing to achieve. The music sometimes reminds me of Bob Marley, but in a pleasant way. No imitation, just the same groove sometimes. Especially the clavinets are in Wailers style. Unfortunatly, the absence of a hornsection becomes even more clear between so much high quality sounds. It's also too bad, there is no DUB as well.
As said before, Freedom's Journal is a conscious album. No slackness, but thoughtful lyrics about the system, about freedom, about Jah. The CD comes with lyrics in the booklet. When you're into conscious Roots Reggae, give Ossie a try. An excellent singer-songwriter of whom we're going to hear more. - DUBROOM.com


"CD Review"

Outstanding modern roots from St. Vincent-born Ossie Dellimore. Powerfully spiritual and political lyrics and engaging instrumentation. - ADDREVIEWS.com


Discography

Time Has Come 7"- 1998 - Easy Star Records.

Sharp As A Razor 7" - 1999 - Massagana Music.

Freedom's Journal CD - 2000 - Skank Records.

Scandal Monger - Single - 2007 - Skank Records.

Caribbean & American - Single 2008 - Skank Records.

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What a breath of fresh air this album is: full-blooded, live instrument roots, a throwback to the golden age of The Wailers, Dennis Brown, and the rest. Even if not every song strikes your fancy, chances are you'll still be drawn in simply by the sound of it all. Freedom's Journal is crisp, electric, evocative, and inspirational.

You may recall Ossie Dellimore from the solid Easy Star Volume One compilation. He contributed one of the best songs on that collection, "Time Has Come," a stirring, cautionary gem featuring two elements that make Freedom's Journal so exceptional: powerful vocals and masterful musicianship.

Many reviews that you read of Dellimore are likely to compare his unique singing voice to that of Peter Tosh, and rightly so (He even sings a song called "Down Pressor Man," although it's not the same as the Peter Tosh song.). His Tosh-like forceful baritone lends an air of militancy to his songs, a likeable edge that commands your attention.

Although this is his debut album, Dellimore's vocals are remarkably self-assured, as are his writing talents, as he penned and produced this entire album. Complementing his voice beautifully is the music, an invigorating, refreshing blast of undiluted roots reggae. There is an almost jazzy feel to the way the musicians jam, freely belting away guitar, organ, and piano riffs. A dub version of Freedom's Journal wouldn't be a wasted endeavor.

Though "Sharp As a Razor" has been released as a single, it's actually one of my least favorite tunes here (which could be an indication of how strong the album is). "Time Has Come" is still the best in my opinion, but coming close are "The System," "To the Limit," and "A Better Way."

I've said it before and I'll say it again: why aren't more songs like these on the so-called Strictly the Best and Reggae Gold compilations?

Taken from Reggae Reviews.

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