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Album: Ice on Fire
# Song Title   Time
1)    Country Living
2)    You Are Just a Song
3)    If I Should Leave You
4)    Tonight
5)    Comin' Through
6)    Get Out of My Life Woman
7)    Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
8)    Little Angel
9)    Cat-O-Nine - (Patois)
10)    Back Weh Mafia - (Patois)
11)    Whole Wide World
12)    Tracks of My Tears
 

Album: Ice on Fire
# Song Title   Time
1)    Country Living
2)    You Are Just a Song
3)    If I Should Leave You
4)    Tonight
5)    Comin' Through
6)    Get Out of My Life Woman
7)    Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
8)    Little Angel
9)    Cat-O-Nine - (Patois)
10)    Back Weh Mafia - (Patois)
11)    Whole Wide World
12)    Tracks of My Tears
 
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  • The Mighty Diamonds: Donald Shaw, Fitzroy Simpson, Lloyd Ferguson (vocals).
  • Additional personnel includes: Steve Hughes (guitar); Clyde Kerr, John Longo (trumpet); Robert Dabon, Raymond Jones (piano); Dave Barard (bass); Dwight Richards (drums).
  • Producers: Allen Toussaint, Marshall Schorn.
  • Recorded at Sea Saint Recording Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Personnel: Donald "Tabby" Shaw, Lloyd Ferguson, Fitzroy Simpson (vocals); Earl "Chinna" Smith , Teddy Royal, Steve Hughes (guitar); New Orleans Symphony (strings); Carl Blouin (saxophone, baritone horn); Michael Pierce, Alvin Thomas (saxophone, tenor horn); Clyde Kerr, John Longo (trumpet); Raymond Jones , Isaac Bolden, Robert Dabon (piano); Wardell Quezergue (electric piano, keyboards); Dwight Richards, Carlton "Santa" Davis (drums); Kenneth Williams (congas, percussion); Ken Williams , Kenneth "Afro" Williams (percussion).
  • Audio Remixer: Arthur Godwin.
  • Recording information: Sea Saint Recording Studio, Inc., New Orleans, LA.
  • Arranger: Wardell Quezergue.
  • The Mighty Diamonds, one of reggae music's most beloved harmony groups, recorded some of its best albums for Virgin's Front Line subsidiary in the late 1970s. This bizarre effort is not among them. Recorded in New Orleans under the supervision of producer Allen Toussaint and using local musicians, Ice on Fire suffers from a sort of stylistic schizophrenia -- while singers Donald Shaw, Fitzroy Simpson and Lloyd Ferguson are, for the most part, in fine voice, the backing band is a disaster. Bassist Dave Barard plays his instrument as if it were a tuba; guitarist Steve Hughes hacks clumsily at the backbeats; the horn section is huge and intrusive. In short, the album sounds exactly like what it is: an attempt by New Orleans soul musicians to play reggae. There is one moment of brilliance: on "Cat-o-Nine," the band inexplicably slides into a perfect reggae groove -- the bassline is melodic and minimalist, the horns are tasteful, the Diamonds sing gorgeously. But everything else on this album is of interest primarily as a curiosity. ~ Rick Anderson
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