RONNIE MARTIN - Don't Mess Around (1985)

Rufaro/Gallo/GRC, XRU118
Producer: Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse
Engineer: Phil Audoire
Recorded by: Ovation

Produced by Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse in his post-Harari prime, 'Don't Mess Around' is typical early bubblegum - innocent subject matter, repetitive English lyrics ("Don't mess around with a good thing..."), strong American R&B influence and a mid-tempo groove laid down real musicians, here led by some impressive guitar work. The B-side 're-mix' is more of a dub version and hardly deviates from the original.