Not exactly prolific, he recorded when the opportunity arose and when free to do so. Tamoki Wambesi Records dropped Prison Life, produced by Roy and Norma Laul Cousins; a single from it, "Jah Is Watching You," did some business. P-Vine Records (the Japanese reissue giant) issued Home Bound Train, which includes tracks by Russell. House of Reggae Records treated music fans with Darker Than Blue in 1996, a poignant tribute to Curtis Mayfield that's destined to be Devon's most successful album.
A duet with Nina Soul, "Sometimes," came out on Tamoki Wambesi; other significant singles include Mayfield's "My Woman's Love" originally the flip of the Impressions' "This Is My Country," "Thanks & Praise," "Story of the Drum," "Race Track Riot," "Jah Holds the Key" credited to Devon Russell & Zion Train, and "Three the Hard Way" with Nitty Gritty and Willie Williams. Producing credits include: Big Youth's 1978 Isaiah First Prophet of the Old album; "Happy Birthday" with Sugar Minott (a co-production with Minott); he drummed on the Mighty Diamonds' Never Get Weary (1988) album and supplied vocals to Doctor Alimantado's 1988 Privileged Few LP, most of Russell's accomplishments are uncredited and undocumented. He succumbed to a brain tumor June 18, 1997 a year after the release of Darker Than Blue. Read more on Last.fm.
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