Devon Russell

Real Name:
Devon Barrant Russell
Profile:
Devon Russell's birthplace and date are as much a mystery as the gaping holes in his recording career. The sweet swinging reggae man began with the Tartans, a mid-'60s rock steady vocal group comprised of Russell, Prince Lincoln Thompson, Linbergh "Preps" Lewis, and Cedric Myton; they disbanded after their 1967 hit "Dance All Night" (Federal Records).
He soloed from then on, interrupted only by a short stint as Cultural Roots' lead singer, with whom he waxed Money, Sex and Violence for Runn Records. His first solo album Bible and Gun was produced by Coxson Dodd for Sweet Music Records in 1982, the title track hit in Jamaica. Not exactly prolific, he recorded when the opportunity arose and when free to do so. Tamoki Wambesi Records dropped Prison Life, produced by Roy and Norma Laul Cousins; a single from it, "Jah Is Watching You," did some business. P-Vine Records (the Japanese reissue giant) issued Home Bound Train, which includes tracks by Russell. House of Reggae Records treated music fans with Darker Than Blue in 1996, a poignant tribute to Curtis Mayfield that's destined to be Devon's most successful album.
A duet with Nina Soul, "Sometimes," came out on Tamoki Wambesi; other significant singles include Mayfield's "My Woman's Love" originally the flip of the Impressions' "This Is My Country," "Thanks & Praise," "Story of the Drum," "Race Track Riot," "Jah Holds the Key" credited to Devon Russell & Zion Train, and "Three the Hard Way" with Nitty Gritty and Willie Williams. Producing credits include: Big Youth's 1978 Isaiah First Prophet of the Old album; "Happy Birthday" with Sugar Minott (a co-production with Minott); he drummed on the Mighty Diamonds' Never Get Weary (1988) album and supplied vocals to Doctor Alimantado's 1988 Privileged Few LP, most of Russell's accomplishments are uncredited and undocumented. He succumbed to a brain tumor June 18, 1997 a year after the release of Darker Than Blue. His Tartans' bud Prince Lincoln Thompson, aka "Soxs" ("Saxs" in Jamaica) expired the beginning of 1999 shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
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Albums

PSO LP 1000, PSOLP-1000 Devon Russell - Roots Music album art Devon Russell Roots Music (Album) Studio One, Studio One PSO LP 1000, PSOLP-1000 US 1982 Sell This Version
SAL LP 002, SAL LP 2 Devon Russell - Jah Homebound Train album art Devon Russell Jah Homebound Train (Album) Classic Records (5), Classic Records (5) SAL LP 002, SAL LP 2 UK & US 1982 Sell This Version
TWLP1008, T.W.L.P. 1008 Devon Russell - Prison Life album art Devon Russell Prison Life (Album) Tamoki Wambesi, Wambesi TWLP1008, T.W.L.P. 1008 UK 1983 Sell This Version
WEULP 01 Devon Russell - This Cloak And Dagger album art Devon Russell This Cloak And Dagger(LP, Album) World Enterprise Records WEULP 01 UK & US 1988 Sell This Version
RN 0010 Devon Russell - Money, Sex & Violence album art Devon Russell & The Cultural Roots (Inc)* Devon Russell & The Cultural Roots (Inc)* - Money, Sex & Violence (Album) RUNNetherlands RN 0010 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
CSLP 2 Devon Russell - Darker Than Blue album art Devon Russell Darker Than Blue (Album) CS Sweetest CSLP 2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
WWLP2 Devon Russell - Sings Roots Classics album art Devon Russell / Zion Train Devon Russell / Zion Train - Sings Roots Classics (Album) Zion Records WWLP2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
UPT CD 20 Devon Russell - 3 The Hard Way: Roots album art Devon Russell, Willie Williams*, Nitty Gritty Devon Russell, Willie Williams*, Nitty Gritty - 3 The Hard Way: Roots(CD) Uptempo Records UPT CD 20 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RRTLP 05 Devon Russell - Showcase album art Devon Russell & Skaville Train Devon Russell & Skaville Train - Showcase(LP, Ltd, Red) Reggae Retro Records RRTLP 05 UK 2003 Sell This Version
CSCD005 Devon Russell - Bible & The Gun album art Devon 'Roots' Russel* And Fire House Crew Inc.* Devon 'Roots' Russel* And Fire House Crew Inc.* - Bible & The Gun(CD, Album) Black Cat Records (3) CSCD005 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Devon Russell, Cedric Myton, The Tartans / The Hippy Boys Devon Russell, Cedric Myton, The Tartans / The Hippy Boys - Make Up Your Mind / Spy 13(7") Drum Beat Records (2) none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
none Devon Russell - Famine Time album art Devon Russell Famine Time Globe International none Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
none Devon Russell - Race Track Riot album art Devon Russell Race Track Riot (Single) Globe International none Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
327 Devon Russell - Chances album art Devon Russell Chances(7", Single) Wild Flower 327 Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
none Devon Russell - Red Bum Ball album art Devon Russell Red Bum Ball (Single) Winro Records none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
none Devon Russell - You Found Heaven album art Devon Russel* You Found Heaven(7") Forward Records (2) none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
none Devon Russell - Make Me Believe In You album art Devon Russell Make Me Believe In You (Single) Studio One none Jamaica 1976 Sell This Version
none Devon Russell - Drum Song album art Devon "Soul" Russell* Drum Song(7") Coxsone Records none Jamaica 1976 Sell This Version
none Devon Russell - Something Special album art Devon "Soul" Russell* Something Special(7") Coxsone Records none Jamaica 1976 Sell This Version
none Devon Russell - Standing On The Corner album art Jennifer Lara & Devon Russell Jennifer Lara & Devon Russell - Standing On The Corner(7", M/Print, Han) Redemption Sounds none Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
none Devon Russell - Darker Than Blue / Stand In Your Glory album art Devon Russell / High Times Band* Devon Russell / High Times Band* - Darker Than Blue / Stand In Your Glory High Times (3) none Jamaica 1980 Sell This Version
BRL-004 Devon Russell - Let Sleeping Dogs Lie / Rome Rome album art Devon Russel* & Black Roots Players / Sugar Minott Devon Russel* & Black Roots Players / Sugar Minott - Let Sleeping Dogs Lie / Rome Rome Black Roots BRL-004 US 1980 Sell This Version
SO-4751 Devon Russell - Thanks And Praise album art Devon Russell Thanks And Praise Studio One SO-4751 Jamaica 1981 Sell This Version
CS 1982 Devon Russell - Roots Natty Roots album art Devon Russel* & The Yoruba Singers* Devon Russel* & The Yoruba Singers* - Roots Natty Roots Studio One CS 1982 Jamaica 1981 Sell This Version
none Devon Russell - People Get Ready album art Devon Russell People Get Ready(7") Studio One none Jamaica 1981 Sell This Version