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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Anthony B. isn't an especially distinguished singer, but on what appears to be his 14th album he makes up for a mediocre singing voice with a chesty, powerfully confident toasting style and exceptionally solid rhythms provided by Maximum Sound label honcho Frenchie. He and his producer make a few strange and questionable decisions on Black Star -- what should have been an exciting ska workout on "Black History" turns out to be strangely static and boring, and neither of the singers he picks for the combination tracks Jah Cure and Ras Shiloh is very much better than he is, with the result that those two songs fall rather flat. Weirdest of all are the lyrics to "Come Free ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Anthony B. isn't an especially distinguished singer, but on what appears to be his 14th album he makes up for a mediocre singing voice with a chesty, powerfully confident toasting style and exceptionally solid rhythms provided by Maximum Sound label honcho Frenchie. He and his producer make a few strange and questionable decisions on Black Star -- what should have been an exciting ska workout on "Black History" turns out to be strangely static and boring, and neither of the singers he picks for the combination tracks Jah Cure and Ras Shiloh is very much better than he is, with the result that those two songs fall rather flat. Weirdest of all are the lyrics to "Come Free My Mind," which seem to indicate that he's unclear on the meaning of the phrase "where the sun don't shine." But the album's high points are impressive; they include a bitter romantic kiss-off song titled "I Understand," the triumphant "Rastafari Crown," and the dark, hard-nosed "Start It Now." Not essential, but recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Greensleeves
  • UPC: 601811128329
  • Catalog Number: 283

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:38)
  2. 2 World a Reggae Music (3:44)
  3. 3 Praise Jah (3:30)
  4. 4 Poor Man's Cry - Jah Cure (3:59)
  5. 5 I Understand (3:01)
  6. 6 Give Thanks (3:18)
  7. 7 Never Sell Out (3:40)
  8. 8 Watch Over My Soul (3:53)
  9. 9 Black History (3:41)
  10. 10 Come Free My Mind (3:41)
  11. 11 Don't Buss Your Gun (3:26)
  12. 12 Rastafari Crown (3:22)
  13. 13 Sunshine (3:13)
  14. 14 Start It Now (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anthony B Primary Artist
Stanley Andrews Guitar
Glen Browne Bongos
Paul Crosdale Keyboards, Keyboard Overdubs
Donald Dennis Bass, Keyboards
Sly Dunbar Drums
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Leroy Mafia Bass, Strings, Keyboards
George Miller Percussion, Drums
Carlton Ogilvie Keyboards
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Guitar
Squidley Cole Drums
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Keyboards
Richard Browne Musician
Kent Brown Bass
Maria Smith Background Vocals
Dave Fluxy Drums
Patrick Anthony Horn
Michael Kahn Guitar
Technical Credits
Gordon Lee Arranger, Producer
Carl McCleod Composer, Producer
Raymond McCleod Composer, Producer
Tony McDermott Imaging
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
D. Dennis Composer
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Troy Stanley Engineer
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