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Burning Spear: Man in the Hills (Island)
Produced by Jack Ruby (L. Lindo)
Jamaica 's finest score again

Miles Davis: Agartha (CBS/Columbia)
Executive Producer: Teo Macero
Recorded "live" in Japan

Herbie Hancock: Secrets (CBS/Columbia)
Produced by David Rubinson & Herbie Hancock
Herb's best since Headhunters

Ronnie McNeir: Love's Comin' Down
Produced by Ronnie McNeir with Clarence Paul
Ronnie 's second smash in a row l

Worth Keeping

 Heptones: Night Food ( Island)
Produced by Danny Holloway
"Book of Rules" and other reggae treats

Meters: Trick Bag (Warner/Reprise)
Produced by Allen Toussaint & The Meters
New Orleans funk-masters better than ever

Mighty Diamonds: Right Time (CBS/Virgin)
Produced by Joseph Hoo Kim
Tight & tasty Trenchtown trio

Deniece Williams: This is Niecy
Produced by Maurice White & Charles Stepney
Earth, Wind & Fire team score with this sharp sister

Jimmy Reed: Jimmy Reed is Back
(T. K. The Roots)
Coordinator: Ralph Bass
Legendary bluesman sounding strong as ever

Worth Hearing

Jimmy Dawkins Band: Blister Strings
Produced by Steve Tomashefsky & the J. D Band
Loose Chi-town blues-funk

Fania All-Stars: Delicate and Jumpy
Produced by Gene Page, Billy Page & Jerry Masucci
Page brothers slow down top Salsa team

Chico Hamilton: And The Players
Produced Michael Cuscuna & George Butler
Cooking with saxist Black Arthur Blythe

Karlheinz Stockhausen:
Ceylon/Bird of Passage (Chrysalis)
Produced by Karlheinz Stockhausen
Futuristic composer meets eastern music

Worth Missing

Joan Armatrading: Joan Armatrading (A&M)
Produced by Torn Werman
Should be an FM smash-no thanks!

Temptations: Do the Temptations
Produced by Suzee Ikeda
Sugary, soul-less stab at "disco" success

David T. Walker: On Love (A&M/Ode)
Produced by David T. Walker
Arranger Gene Page smothers another 


Artful Dodger: Honor Among Thieves
Produced by Edward Leonetti & Jack Douglas
Too bad they didn't steal some soul

Jermaine Jackson: My Name is Jermaine
Executive Producer: Berry Gordy
Jackson boy steps out, falls in hole

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