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ASTORIA 2 - LONDON. 1 June, 1997

"Something very special happened in London last night - and I was delighted to be a part of it: Bob Andy took to the stage at the Astoria 2 - and if ever I saw a performance that was second to none - it was just magnificent, artistry in sound. One of our greatest living songwriters - they don't come along very often, and when they do, they carve out songs, and speak out in such a way that their works become timeless; and that is exactly what has happened to that man's recorded material, not only by himself but by other singers as well over the past thirty years.
You just felt as though you were being taken away to another place - you joined in this unity with him on stage - at times you could've heard a pin drop in the place because it was electric what was happening in that house last night.
I know I'm going on, but I want to, because I want to convey to you, all reggae fans listening right now, just how special that man is, and the contribution he has made to our music.
He flew out from Heathrow today and we wish him well, because he left a print last night in our minds and in our souls, and I won't forget it for a long, long time. For those of you who missed that historic performance from Bob Andy, watch out, he's promised he will come back sooner rather than later."
DAVID RODIGAN, RODIGAN'S REGGAE, KISS FM, 2 June 1997


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"Bob Andy is a genius... Move over Marvin and Curtis, if this man was born in the US he would easily be their equal, a gigantic star...
It was good to see young and old, black and white, all together, all there for one purpose. The whole spectrum of the reggae audience turned out to appreciate this rare talent - normally these days the audience is segmented into the ragga posse or the roots massive, but not this time.

I've seen a lot of acts in the last twenty-five years or so, drawn from all aspects of black music, including the first Marley and Burning Spear gigs, but I have never seen someone as good as Bob Andy."
MICHAEL DE KONINGH, LET'S CATCH THE BEAT, issue no. 15


"Well, Bob Andy finally got to perform a full set in London, his last attempt having been dogged by organisational problems no artist of his stature should have to endure... It was he who triumphed on the night, his intimate brand of reggae craftsmanship transcending any mere earthly concerns.
Those of you thinking to consign this sensitive, highly intelligent and supremely gifted Jamaican singer/songwriter to the status of a mere revival act better think again. The night ended with all the other singers joining him for 'I've Got to Go Back Home'. By then, his grey-flecked locks were flying freely and his heavily bearded face was radiant. It was a helluva performance, and he knew it."
JOHN MASOURI, ECHOES, 14 JUNE 1997


"I was beginning to think there was a conspiracy in the UK against one of my favourite artists of all time - Bob Andy. I had already tried to see this supremely gifted performer twice (mind you, neither of my previous disappointments was down to the man himself) ... It was Bob Andy's night and nothing was going to deny him that ... Wicked!"
DADDY ERNIE, REGGAE RIDDIMS, THE VOICE, 23 JUNE 1997