Brent Dowe

Build Me Up & Pre-Meditation

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Having made his name on the Jamaican music scene in the ’60s as an accomplished singer-songwriter with leading Jamaican vocal trio, The Melodians, Brent Dowe became one of the island’s leading soloists, notching up a series of best-selling 7” singles for producer, Sonia Pottinger.

In 1973, the best of his work to date was gathered for his debut album, ‘Build Me Up’, a best seller both in Jamaica and the UK, where an expanded version of the collection was released by Trojan Records.
This classic collection finally sees re-issue after 47 years, with its original track-listing enhanced by the remainder of Dowe’s work for Sonia Pottinger’s High Note label, with their number including some of the biggest reggae hits from the ’70s, many of which have remained unavailable on any format for decades.

The second disc of this 2CD set comprises the 1978 album, ‘Pre-Meditation’, which features a dozen Sonia Pottinger-produced tracks performed by Dowe and his fellow Melodians, Tony Brevett and Trevor McNaughton. Now expanded to include the rest of their High Note recordings, the collection demonstrates why Dowe and his famed trio are today widely regarded as being among the finest talents to have made their mark on the Jamaican music scene during its golden age. 



1 Build Me Up
2 I’m Gonna Love You
3 Close To You
4 Don’t Give Up
5 You Can Tell The World
6 A Little Bit Of Love
7 Ungrateful Baby
8 Without Me
9 Something You Don’t Have
10 Heartbreaking Love

11 No Sweeter Way
12 Share The Good Times
13 Two Sides To Every Story
14 The News Is Out
15 Making A Way
16 Little Blue Bird
17 Girl I’ve Got A Date
18 Tonight
19 Babylon Policy
20 Forward Up
21 Dance Pon Yah Corner
22 It Cool


1 Don’t Get Weary
2 Little Nut Tree
3 Swing And Dine 4 No Ga Long So
5 Love One Another
6 Better Days Are Coming
7 Dry Up Yuh Tears
8 I’m Gonna Fall In Love
9 Give Me Some Way To Love
10 Survival Is The Game

11 Black Man Kingdom Come
12 Heartaches
13 No Nola
14 I’ll Take You Where The Music’s Playing
15 Down In The Garden
16 I Could Be A King
17 Good Thing
18 It’s All In The Family
19 You Are My Only Love
20 Lock Love Away
21 Lonely
22 Sweet City Woman
23 Your Destiny
24 Melodians Medley