KSCD047

Cornell Campbell’s distinctive falsetto voice, alongside his Rastafarian beliefs in the
Mid Seventies, gave him a musical style that added urgency and righteousness to songs,
few singers could match. Whatever the subject matter, Cornell could put across the
meaning of the song in what seemed an effortless heartfelt manner.
Cornell Campbell (born 1948, Jamaica) had his first musical outings in the early 1960’s,
for Coxonne Dodd’s Studio One. He released tracks as ‘Under the Old Oak Tree’
’My Treasure’ and as a duo alongside Roy Patton, ‘Salvation’ and ‘Sweetest Girl’.
These were local hits and led to Cornell joining vocal group the Uniques .Which led
the way to forming his own group, based on the ‘Uniques’ style, a way that suited his
voice so well, then they became known as the Eternals. Some of their highlights are
the timeless songs, ‘Stars’ and ‘Queen of The Minstrels’.

The 1970’s saw Cornell move on to work with producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee. A very
successful partnership that produced a stream of hits. A theme of the ‘Gorgon’, featured
in many of the songs, the mighty figure unbeatable at the Jamaican Sound Systems.
Such hits as ‘The Gorgon’, ‘The Conquering Gorgon’, ‘Natty Dread In A Greenwich Farm’,
all become Jamaican favourites. Who the Gorgon was?, Bunny Lee or Campbell himself,
was of no concern, it was a style that conquered all. Campbell’s Rastafarian beliefs also
added a depth to the songs he sang and made a convincing musical statement, whether
the subject matter was Injustice, corruption or heartfelt love songs. It is from this period that
we concentrate on for this release. A reissue of Cornell’s early eighties ‘Fight Against
Corruption’ set complete here, that carried that same message and statement through
to the Dancehall Style. A new chapter in Reggae’s sound that saw the rhythm slowed
down and seemed to add even more emphasis to the songs meanings.

We have added some other Cornell period classics to the CD version of this release.
In their extended form that was so popular at the time, ‘Natty Dread In A Greenwich Farm’,
‘Forward Natty Dread’, ‘Two Faced Rasta’ and ‘Righteous Rastaman’. A great set of
songs that work so well together and make a time defining album. Be sure to play it in
full Cornell Campbell at his finest respect.



CD Track Listing

1 Fight against Corruption
2 Malicious World
3 Trick In the Book
4 Everybody Want Promotion
5 I’m In Love
6 Love Trap
7 The Drifter
8 Got To Tell the People
9 Give Your Love to Me
10 Where I Stand
11 Natty Dread in A Greenwich Farm (extended)*
12 Forward Natty Dread (extended)*
13 Two Face Rasta (extended)*
14 Righteous Rastaman (extended)*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1 Fight against Corruption
2 Malicious World
3 Trick In the Book
4 Everybody Want Promotion
5 I’m In Love

Side 2

1 Love Trap
2 The Drifter
3 Got To Tell the People
4 Give Your Love to Me
5 Where I Stand



Musicians Include:
Sly Dunbar, Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis, Brother Benbow: Drums
Fabba Holt, Robbie Shakespeare, Brother Chris: Bass
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar
Willie Lingo: Rhythm Guitar
Winston Wright, Robbie Lynn: Organ
Jackie Mittoo, Keith Sterling: Piano
Skully & Stickey: Percussion
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet
Deadley ‘Headley’ Bennett, Vin Gordon: Trombone

Recorded at: Channel 1, Harry J’s, Randy’s Studio 17, Dynamic and King Tubby’s
Mixed at: King Tubby’s
Produced by: Bunny Lee
Photography: Bunny Lee
Design: Gary @ Voodoo London
Manufactured Under Licence from: E. Lee
All tracks copyright control