Blackheart Man

Blackheart Man

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by Bunny Wailer
     
 
Before Bob Marley and the Wailers, there were the Wailing Wailers -- a sizzling harmony group consisting of Bob, Peter Tosh, and Neville Livingston, a.k.a. Bunny Wailer. After a successful career in Jamaica, the original Wailers made two albums with Island Records before going their separate ways in 1976. While Marley went on to become an

Overview

Before Bob Marley and the Wailers, there were the Wailing Wailers -- a sizzling harmony group consisting of Bob, Peter Tosh, and Neville Livingston, a.k.a. Bunny Wailer. After a successful career in Jamaica, the original Wailers made two albums with Island Records before going their separate ways in 1976. While Marley went on to become an international legend and Tosh made records with the Rolling Stones, Bunny Wailer remained the most elusive and the most unjustly overlooked. True reggae aficionados hold a special place for the roots man, the musical mystic in tune with ancient forces. BLACK HEART MAN, Bunny's first solo album, is also his greatest: a majestic, carefully crafted statement of Rastafarian faith as a means of enduring tribulation. Stately songs like the jailhouse lament "Battering Down Sentence" and the dreadlocks primer "Rastaman" are absolute classics, while "Amagideon" features a horn section spitting brimstone and fire while Bunny beats the binghi drum. On the original album jacket, the lyrics to all ten songs are printed on stone tablets, like commandments brought down from a mountain top. Which is exactly how they sound.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
After leaving the Wailers behind, Bunny Wailer (born Neville Livingston) wasted no time establishing himself as a highly original and visionary singer and songwriter on his own. His solo debut remains one of the most extraordinary albums of the roots period, a complex but instantly attractive and occasionally heartbreaking record that never rises above a whisper in tone but packs as much political and spiritual wallop as the best of Bob Marley's work. Critics have been praising this album for more than 25 years, and they generally (and quite rightly) focus on the quality of such songs as the quietly ferocious "Fighting Against Conviction" (aka "Battering Down Sentence"), the classic repatriation anthem "Dreamland," and the apocalyptic "Amagideon," but the song that pulls you into Bunny Wailer's magical web of mystical Rastafarianism is the first one, in which Wailer recalls being warned by his mother to avoid Rastas ("even the lions fear him") and then describes his eventual conversion, all in a tone of infinite gentleness and sadness at the hardhearted blindness of Babylon. Are there missteps? Maybe one or two: The bluesy "Oppressed Song" never quite gets off the ground, for example. But taken as a whole, Blackheart Man is an astounding achievement by an artist who was, at the time, only at the beginning of what would be a distinguished career.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2002
Label:
Island
UPC:
0731458688426
catalogNumber:
586884
Rank:
41421

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bunny Wailer   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Timbales,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,funde drum,Sounds,Jaw Harp
Bob Marley   Background Vocals
China   Guitar
Aston Barrett   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,funde drum
Harold Butler   Keyboards
Tyrone Downie   Keyboards
Bobby Ellis   Horn
Eric Frater   Guitar
Fratter   Guitar
Dirty Harry Hall   Horn
Bernard Touter Harvey   Keyboards
Herman Marquis   Horn
Tommy McCook   Flute,Horn,Saxophone
Larry McDonald   Conga
Peter Tosh   Guitar,Harmonica,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Melodica
Willy Pep   Bongos
Karl Pitterson   Acoustic Guitar,Sounds
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Touter   Keyboards
W. Wright   Keyboards
C. Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Neville Garrick   Percussion
C. Pitterson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Mark West   Horn
Mike Murray   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Tyrone Downie   Sound Effects
Bunny Wailer   Arranger,Director,Sound Effects,Producer,Cover Design
Tommy McCook   Horn Arrangements
Karl Pitterson   Engineer
Neville Garrick   Cover Design,Cover Art
C. Pitterson   Sound Effects
Monique McGuffin   Reissue Production Coordination
Carl Peterson   Engineer

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Blackheart Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bunny Wailer is the waiter that never got tipped, the visionary that was ignored, the poet that was scorned. your talent and poetic delivery of the deepest vocal message since the birth of music has not been ignored.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reggae never more dred that this. Blackheart Man reaches into the soul of all Jah people. Roots Natty Roots. JAH RASTAFARI!!!