Foul Play (album)

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Foul Play
Studio album by Dennis Brown
Released 1981
Genre Reggae
Label A&M
Producer Clive Hunt & Joe Gibbs
Dennis Brown chronology
Foul Play
Love Has Found Its Way
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Foul Play is a 1981 album by reggae singer Dennis Brown, the first of three albums to be released as part of his international record deal with A&M.[2] The album features two tracks which have been described as "two of the greatest roots cuts in major label history", in "The Existence of Jah" and "The World is Troubled".[2] The album was reissued on the Joe Gibbs label as a double-set with its follow-up, Love Has Found Its Way, and with both of the other A&M albums on the double-CD set The Complete A&M Years. The album mixed roots reggae tracks and sociopolitical themes with love songs such as "If I Had The World", "Your Man", and a new version of one of his early hits, "If I Follow My Heart". Klive Walker, in his book Dubwise: Reasoning from the Reggae Underground suggested that the lyric of "If I Had the World" ("You drive away the pains from me, sometimes you're like cocaine, baby") suggests that Brown was already using cocaine at the time that the album was recorded.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "On The Rocks"
  2. "The Existence of Jah"
  3. "Come On Baby"
  4. "The World is Troubled"
  5. "I Need Your Love"
  6. "Foul Play"
  7. "Your Man"
  8. "If I Had the World"
  9. "If I Follow My Heart"
  10. "The Cheater"



  1. ^ Henderson, Alex "Foul Play Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, p. 45, 47
  3. ^ Walker, Klive (2006) Dubwise: Reasoning from the Reggae Underground, Insomniac Press, ISBN 978-1-894663-96-0, p. 220