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Am I Black Enough for You?: Jamaican Songs of Freedom [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Wade Kergan
Black pride and cultural awareness were exploding across the globe in the '70s, from soul and funk rave-ups in the U.S. to Afrobeat and highlife workouts in Africa and finally to reggae meditations in Jamaica, ground zero for the Trojan collection Am I Black Enough for You? Jamaican Songs of Freedom 1970-1979. A slightly different stripped-down mix of Ken Boothe's classic and hauntingly paranoid reading of Syl Johnson's "Is It Because I'm Black" leads off the set. Covers of U.S. soul tunes have always been popular with Jamaican crowds and artists, yet the resonance between the two black communities is particularly high here, as Jamaica's independence in the early '60s ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Wade Kergan
Black pride and cultural awareness were exploding across the globe in the '70s, from soul and funk rave-ups in the U.S. to Afrobeat and highlife workouts in Africa and finally to reggae meditations in Jamaica, ground zero for the Trojan collection Am I Black Enough for You? Jamaican Songs of Freedom 1970-1979. A slightly different stripped-down mix of Ken Boothe's classic and hauntingly paranoid reading of Syl Johnson's "Is It Because I'm Black" leads off the set. Covers of U.S. soul tunes have always been popular with Jamaican crowds and artists, yet the resonance between the two black communities is particularly high here, as Jamaica's independence in the early '60s coincided with the peak momentum of the civil rights movement in the U.S. The Chosen Few, from Jamaica but based for a brief time in Miami, deliver a delicious synth intro to their cover of Billy Paul's "Am I Black Enough for You," and Derrick Harriott glides effortlessly across Eddie Kendricks' classic falsetto in his version of the Temptations' "Message from a Blackman." With their own history of slavery and a deep history of identification with African roots, especially with regard to Rastafarianism, Jamaica's black pride wasn't a mirror of America's Afro-American zeitgeist. The best tracks on Am I Black Enough for You? are homegrown: the Heptones anthem "Black On Black Be a Man," "Black Man's World" by Alton Ellis, and Bob Andy's "Fire Burning" are just a few examples. A few choice rarities, including the little-heard "Black Oppressor" from Leo Simpson and "Don't Call Me Nigger" from the Soul Twins, round out this inspired set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: Earmark
  • EAN: 8013252613135
  • Catalog Number: 313

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Is It Because I'm Black - Ken Boothe (3:29)
  2. 2 Black a Kill Black - Gregory Isaacs (3:01)
  3. 3 Am I Black Enough for You - Chosen Few (3:15)
  4. 4 Message from a Blackman (3:52)
  5. 5 Black on Black (Be a Man) (2:41)
  6. 6 Equal Rights - Dennis Brown (2:45)
  7. 7 Africa Is for Black Man (3:34)
  8. 8 Black and Proud - I-Roy (2:55)
  9. 9 Arise Blackman - Peter Tosh (2:37)
  10. 10 Blackman Time - I-Roy (3:38)
  11. 11 Black Man's Word (2:49)
  12. 12 Macabee Version - Max Romeo (2:32)
  13. 13 Botheration - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (2:10)
  14. 14 Fire Burning (3:32)
  15. 15 In Dis Ya Time - Ronnie Davis (3:29)
  16. 16 Don't Call Me Nigger (2:44)
  17. 17 Black Man's Time (3:04)
  18. 18 Black Oppressor - Leo Simpson (2:30)
  19. 19 History - Carlton Jackson (8:04)
  20. 20 Proud to Be Black (AKA Be a Man) - Frankie Jones (6:22)
  21. 21 Born to Be Black (Reprise) - Tapper Zukie (6:48)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Alton Ellis Composer
Justin Hinds Composer
Max Romeo Composer
Joe Gibbs Producer
Barrett Strong Composer
Leroy Sibbles Composer
Clancy Eccles Composer, Producer
Linval Thompson Composer, Producer
Duke Reid Producer
Lloyd Charmers Producer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke Producer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Winston "Niney" Holness Producer
Leon Huff Composer
Gregory Isaacs Composer, Producer
Syl Johnson Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Composer
Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair Producer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Tapper Zukie Producer
Peter Weston Producer
Laurence Cane-Honeysett Creative Coordinator
Derrick Harriott Producer
Harry Johnson Producer
Llewellyn Composer
Roy Reid Composer
J. Jones Composer
Macintosh people Composer
Carlton Jackson Composer
Lee Perry Producer
Stephen Nye Liner Notes
Keith Anderson Composer
Glenn C. Watts Composer
John Dawson Reed Executive Producer
Leo Simpson Composer, Producer
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