Big Youth Screaming Target (Trojan) Together with another Jamaican artist U-Roy, Big Youth pioneered the art of 'toasting', the reggae term for singing and rapping over musical tracks or even pre-recorded songs of others, way ahead of the hip-hop take on a similar style of musical construction. After the success of single S90 Skank in 1971, work began on this debut album. And an A-list of reggae singers were selected for the backing tracks that included background vocals. Anyone into reggae will have heard of two of the three: Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs. Lesser-known KC-White provides the backing for the album's title track that appears in two versions: a controlled skank-along; and Version 2, in which Big Youth seems to get more unhinged in his scream-alongs. Elsewhere, the singer displays his perfect timing in the mix, and a tuneful, if rough-edged singing voice, dropping in vocals seamless on tracks such as Be Careful. The studio mix obviously helped blend the sound. Unfortunately, Trojan decided to separate toasting and backing vocal tracks in its re-issue of this album as a CD in 1989. So this is definitely - and unusually - a case of the old vinyl release containing the best mix. Future albums lacked the freshness of Screaming Target, with Big Youth even reduced to producing covers of Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay and Marvin Gaye's What's Going On in unsuccessful bids for commercial success.