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]

All tracks composed by Dennis Brown; except where indicated

  1. "On The Rocks" (Clive Hunt)
  2. "The Existence of Jah"
  3. "Come On Baby" (Clive Hunt)
  4. "The World is Troubled"
  5. "I Need Your Love"
  6. "Foul Play" (Joe Gibson)
  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