Release Date: Jul 9, 2013
Record label: Strut
Genre(s): Reggae, Contemporary Reggae
With his sweet falsetto and smooth croon, Cornell Campbell is a heralded name for the reggae faithful, but he's often in search of a suitable showcase and seems to go years without finding one. In 2005, he experienced a career renaissance when he joined the German techno-dub team Rhythm & Sound on their single "King in My Empire," but it's been drips and drabs since then, and now it's a full-on flood. Part of the Strut label's collaborative series Inspiration Information, the wonderful Nothing Can Stop Us teams Cornell with the London-based dub crew Soothsayers, and while previous entries have found a reggae great meeting thoroughly modern producers (Horace Andy with Ashley Beedle being one example), it isn't the usual revelatory genre-buster.
Cornell Campbell is part of Jamaica’s rich musical history, having been a part of the recording scene since 1956. He is best known for his sweet falsetto, most prominent on his hit with the Eternals “Queen of the Minstrels”. This one song has cemented his inclusion into the reggae “hall of fame”, as it were, and is arguably more important in the development of roots reggae (especially lovers rock) than the majority of Bob Marley’s output at the time.