Chill Out

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Spectrum Audio Uk
  • UPC: 042284606127
  • Catalog Number: 8460612
  • Sales rank: 46,474

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chill Out (4:54)
  2. 2 Darkness (4:43)
  3. 3 Eye Market (4:09)
  4. 4 Right Stuff (4:30)
  5. 5 Mondays (3:55)
  6. 6 Fleety Foot (4:02)
  7. 7 Wicked Act (4:35)
  8. 8 Moya (Queen of I Jungle) (3:16)
  9. 9 Emotional Slaughter (3:44)
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Album Credits

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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