Wailing Souls hope to chart comeback

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer

Thursday, April 09, 2015

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THE Wailing Souls had a number of hit songs during the 1970s, the heady days of roots-reggae. With their first album in 12 years due this summer, they are eyeing a chart comeback.

"It's always great to have a hit song at any stage of one's career. We are due an album an' we are looking forward to getting this out," group member Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald told the Jamaica Observer.

McDonald and Winston 'Pipe' Matthews have recorded and toured as the Wailing Souls for over 20 years. They were a quartet when they cut gems such as Things and Time, War and Jah Jah Give us Life at Channel One studio in the 1970s.

Most of the songs on the upcoming album are produced by drummer Sly Dunbar and bass player Robbie Shakespeare whom they worked with at Channel One.

"We have done three songs so far. They were done in Sly and Robbie's studio in Kingston. They are the principal musicians, but at this point we don't want to guess because the work is still in progress," said McDonald.

The duo also recorded a song with drummer/producer Kirk Bennett.

The Wailing Souls have not released a studio album since 2003's From Jamaica, released by the American independent company, Artists Only!

McDonald and Matthews, both 65, are originally from Trench Town. Along with George 'Buddy' Haye, they formed the Wailing Souls in the mid-1960s.

The group did songs for several producers including Bob Marley's Tuff Gong label, but it was not until the mid-1970s that they got the breakthrough at Channel One.

McDonald, Matthews, Haye and Garth Dennis comprised the 'Souls' lineup from the Channel One era.

Three of the group's albums have been nominated for the Best Reggae Album Grammy Award.

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