A while ago I called for a reissue program of the late Jamaican singer Freddie McKay’s output. And the Almighty heard my plea. Or, maybe not the Lord, but French producer Hervé Brizec from Iroko Records.
His label recently put out Freddie McKay’s last album Tribal Inna Yard, produced by Linval Thompson and originally released in 1983.
Freddie McKay’s heartfelt, soulful voice has a bittersweet tone, which gives his material a sincere quality, regardless of cultural or more lovers oriented lyrics.
Linval Thompson usually employed Roots Radics for cutting his relentless and rolling riddims, and Tribal Inna Yard is no exception. Recorded at Channel One it also has that bright, almost metallic, sound. Barrington Levy fans will recognize Youths of Today as a version of his A Yah We Deh.
Tribal Inna Yard comes with new artwork and is currently vinyl only. And since this album is the only available Freddie McKay set it will probably soon vanish from your reggae retailer.