The Abyssinians, Bernard Collins alongside Lynford and Donald Manning, created a spiritual sound that was totally unique for its time. Not influenced nearly as much as many of their contemporaries were by the Americanized version of soul, their vocals were brilliant. Perhaps not the most prolific group, their high standard was, and is, their legacy. Even though Coxone Dodd decided against releasing their classic ‘Satta Massa Gana’ when it was originally recorded back in 1969, they managed to rise above that conservatism and made their mark…their way.
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