Chill Out

Chill Out

by Black Uhuru
     
 

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Once one of the most immediately recognizable vocal groups in reggae -- thanks to the Middle Eastern inflections of lead singer Michael Rose and the swirling harmonies of Duckie Simpson and American-born Puma Jones -- Black Uhuru busted out in the early '80s with a string of tuneful, thoughtful albums. CHILL OUT refined the sound of the previous year's RED, tempering…  See more details below

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Once one of the most immediately recognizable vocal groups in reggae -- thanks to the Middle Eastern inflections of lead singer Michael Rose and the swirling harmonies of Duckie Simpson and American-born Puma Jones -- Black Uhuru busted out in the early '80s with a string of tuneful, thoughtful albums. CHILL OUT refined the sound of the previous year's RED, tempering a militant stance with haunting vocals and pop savvy choruses on the title track. CHILL OUT was also a high-water mark for executive producers Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Check out the wicked bass lines and phat drum licks, not to mention the effects-laden dub orchestration -- below the surface, there is a range of abstract noises and sounds. Between the group's beautiful vocalizing and Sly and Robbie's subtle introduction of the computerized sound, CHILL OUT stands out as a definitive body of work.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Arguably the best of Black Uhuru's electrofied albums, even if its predecessor Red was the bigger sell, Chill Out is a seminal blend of styles and cultures. Produced by Sly & Robbie at Channel One Studio in Jamaica, and again backed by the Revolutionaries, ironically the album's greatest beneficiaries were the Riddim Twins, who were rocketed to international fame upon this record's release. They deserved it though, and Chill Out remains as much a tribute to their talent as the vocal trio's. Shakespeare lays down the sinuous bass which provides the foundation for the record's rootsy sound. The four guitarists, three leads, plus Ranchie McLean's reggae riffing, flit across the grooves and genres, touching down on funk, blues, R&B, and rock along the way. The pianists and Wally Badarou's synth add atmosphere, with Dunbar's heavy beats, combining drums with electro syndrums, add a throbbing pulse to the proceedings. The sound is extremely dense, but the producers still found plenty of space for Black Uhuru's sublime vocals. Over, under, and around the band, the electronic effects whoosh, pulling the album from its island roots, and planting it firmly in an international environment. This is most notable on the title track, which blends rootsy rhythms with a dance beat, and urban stylings with a tinge of world music. "Darkness" is an equally adept meld of roots with new wave touches. If the album's A-side is weighted more towards the crossover crowd, the flip is rootsier in orientation, even if it, too, is awash in electronics. Several of the songs, minus the studio wizardry, would slot nicely into the group's late-'70s repertoire, particularly "Mondays" and "Wicked Act." The most affecting and effective track, however, is the ghetto misery of "Emotional Slaughter," which Sly & Robbie sympathetically arrange as a showcase for Michael Rose's superbly heartfelt vocal performance. On Chill Out, the vocalists, band, and producers came together as one, and created more than a masterpiece; the album remains a stunning legacy for all involved.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Spectrum Audio Uk
UPC:
0042284606127
catalogNumber:
8460612
Rank:
36398

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Performance Credits

Black Uhuru   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Synthesizer,Vocoder
Barry Reynolds   Guitar
Ansel Collins   Piano,Keyboards
Dougie Bryan   Guitar
Radcliffe Bryan   Guitar
Mikey Chung   Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Drums,Syndrum
Puma Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sky Juice   Percussion
Robert Lyn   Piano
Errol "Ranchie" McLean   Organ,Guitar
Michael Rose   Vocals
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Bass Guitar
Derrick Simpson   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Sly Dunbar   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bruce Hamilton   Engineer
Robbie Shakespeare   Arranger,Producer
Derrick Simpson   Composer
Steven Stanley   Engineer
Neville Garrick   Cover Design

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