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The Mighty Diamonds

Vocal trio the Mighty Diamonds were one of the most internationally popular reggae groups to emerge from the '70s roots era. More accessible than many other roots outfits, the Diamonds boasted soulful, gorgeously pure harmonies and tight, catchy songwriting, much of it from within the group itself. They were devout Rastafarians, but balanced their spiritual and political messages with sweet romantic material, which gave them a more universal appeal than militant groups like Culture or Black Uhuru. Regardless of whether they were singing love songs or protest anthems, the Mighty Diamonds brought a startling emotional commitment to their best material, and their debut album, Right Time, still stands as one of roots reggae's all-time classics.

The Mighty Diamonds were formed in 1969 in the Kingston ghetto of Trenchtown, also home to Bob Marley. From day one onward, their lineup consisted of founder and harmony singer Pat "Lloyd" Ferguson (aka Judge Diamond, the Judge), lead singer Donald Shaw (aka Tabby Diamond, the Prophet), and harmony singer Fitzroy Simpson (aka Bunny Diamond, the Jester). Their sweet sound and polished choreography were distinctly inspired by the Motown groups of the '60s. During the early '70s, they recorded for several producers, including Stranger Cole and Rupie Edwards, without much success. Finally, in 1973, they caught on at Byron Lee's Dynamic Sounds studio and notched their first hit with "Shame and Pride."

From there, the group moved on to Joseph "JoJo" Hoo Kim's Channel One imprint in 1975. They scored two quick hits with "Country Living" and "Hey Girl," and then had their biggest success yet with "Right Time." Signed to a major-label deal with Virgin, the Mighty Diamonds issued their first album, also titled Right Time, in 1976. It was an instant classic, tackling a multitude of social and spiritual issues with powerful yet graceful music, and spawned further hits in "I Need a Roof," "Have Mercy," and "Africa." Now stars in the U.K. as well as Jamaica, the group traveled to New Orleans to record their follow-up LP, Ice on Fire. Produced by Allen Toussaint, the album was an uneasy marriage of reggae and American R&B, and was received poorly by the group's roots-minded fans.

Retreating from crossover territory, the Mighty Diamonds returned to Channel One and cut several strong roots albums over the next few years: 1978's Stand Up for Your Judgement, 1979's Tell Me What's Wrong, and the most acclaimed of the bunch, 1979's Deeper Roots. In the early '80s, the group started working with producer Gussie Clarke, reworking old Studio One rhythm tracks into new songs on their 1981 album Changes. One of those new songs, "Pass the Kouchie" (or sometimes "Kutchie"), was a major hit in Jamaica, and in 1982 it was covered by the Musical Youth for the U.S. and U.K. smash "Pass the Dutchie" (substituting a type of cooking pot for the original's marijuana slang).

In the mid-'80s, the Diamonds began to incorporate the digital sounds of ragga into their music, on albums like 1985's Struggling and the Clarke-produced efforts The Real Enemy (1987) and Get Ready (1988). Additionally, several collections of the group's unreleased work for Channel One appeared during the decade. Their recording pace slowed a bit in the '90s, though they still came up with fine new albums like 1993's smooth, soul-oriented Paint It Red and 1994's harder-hitting Speak the Truth. The group also continued its extensive international touring schedule up into the new millennium, and kept up a steady string of appearances at the annual Reggae Sunsplash Festival. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Bassie "Bombmie Mahn" says,Roots fari.
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dee_mo_761
Have Mercy I love The Mighty Diamonds
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Good music from the Mighty Diamonds ,One of the best from Kingston Jamaica ,I hope they were stay at around for a long time, ,!!!!!!!
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Peace!
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monasuitland
Mighty diamonds! One of Jamaica's finest groups, bless!
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Lalala love this <3
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I like u to no that girl
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laura.anne.b e a u f o r t
Legit.
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carrib709
Real Roots music Love It
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Precious group to reggae music.
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mb6700
respect
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nuff respect to the diamonds. original from day one. love the tune identity
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Shame and pride one of the favorites
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oh yes :)
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Still Rocking
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Just as it was when it was first heard.
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one of the best for real
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Their Live in Tokyo album brings back lots of good memories.
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yeah mon...mighty diamonds..tr u rasta.
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old dudes from trenchtown,n i c e

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irie for sure
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Get Ready IS A great cd "jah is life"
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Irie
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johnjackson8 5 5
old school,AWSE, O U T ! ! !
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seeing them this Thursday in Milwaukee
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i love INI music....JAH JAH music.....i miss the roots farm!
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bussa64
Yes Iah!!! Music for days.
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cool runnings
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brendanieves
WE SEEYA IN PUERTO RICO...
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LEGENDS
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their harmony is a true blessing!
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REAAALY LOVE THEM
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smooth.. :)
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yellowboy63
on going vibration irie.. yes I ...
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hnewton76
loving it....jah love...
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mighty diamonds
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I love the newer version of "I need a roof"!!! It really reminds me of what true reggae music is all about.
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THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS ARE ONE MY FAVORITE .THEY HAVE SOUND THAT CAPTURES AND THEIR MUSIC HAS A MESSAGE
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Selected discography really missn a Whole heap a ting!
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Wicked Chune..
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great mix

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