Countryman

Countryman

     
 

When Island Records released the double-LP soundtrack to Countryman in the spring of 1982, ten years after the appearance of The Harder They Come, it was easy to see that company founder Chris Blackwell was looking to do for the current state of reggae what he had done before, i.e., promote it via a various-artists sampler that happened to have aSee more details below

Overview

When Island Records released the double-LP soundtrack to Countryman in the spring of 1982, ten years after the appearance of The Harder They Come, it was easy to see that company founder Chris Blackwell was looking to do for the current state of reggae what he had done before, i.e., promote it via a various-artists sampler that happened to have a cinematic tie-in. In this case, the movie itself was nowhere to be found, not even at the college campus midnight showings that had given birth to the cult following for The Harder They Come; director Dickie Jobson's Jamaican adventure film, about a runaway couple, corrupt officials, and a fisherman endowed with magical powers didn't see release until 1983, and then had little distribution. Of course, reggae was no longer a budding new sound in the early '80s, its standard-bearer, Bob Marley, having succumbed to cancer in 1981. Bob Marley & the Wailers got the most tracks on the album, eight out of 22, some in remixed or alternate versions, and Wally Badarou had five tracks for his instrumental score for the film, some of them overlaid with dialogue. The rest was a who's who of the Island roster, including Steel Pulse, Dennis Brown, and Toots & the Maytals, making for an excellent reggae collection that held together well, even if it couldn't have the impact of The Harder They Come ten years before. (Island released a single-CD remastering of Countryman on June 26, 2001.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2001
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0731458613725
catalogNumber:
5861372

Tracks

  1. Natural Mystic  - Bob Marley
  2. Rastaman Chant  - Bob Marley
  3. Theme from Countryman  - Wally Badarou
  4. Rat Race  - Bob Marley
  5. Jah Live  - Bob Marley
  6. Ramble  -  Rico
  7. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)  - Bob Marley
  8. Sound System  -  Steel Pulse
  9. Mosman Skank  -  Aswad
  10. Small Axe  - Bob Marley
  11. Sitting and Watching  - Dennis Brown
  12. Bam Bam  -  Toots & the Maytals
  13. Ooh! Aah!  -  Fabulous 5
  14. Wisdom  - Jah Lion
  15. Carry Us Beyond @@Human Cargo
  16. Dreadlocks in Moonlight  - Lee "Scratch" Perry
  17. Time Will Tell  - Bob Marley
  18. Theme from Countryman  - Rebop Kwaku Baah
  19. Pass It On  - Bob Marley
  20. Guidance  - Wally Badarou
  21. Obeah Man Dub  - Wally Badarou
  22. Theme from Countryman  - Wally Badarou

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wally Badarou   Track Performer
Aswad   Track Performer
Dennis Brown   Track Performer
Toots & the Maytals   Track Performer
Bob Marley   Track Performer
Steel Pulse   Track Performer
Rico   Track Performer
Rebop Kwaku Baah   Track Performer
Jah Lion   Track Performer
Maytals   Track Performer
Bunny Wailer   Vocals
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Track Performer
Fabulous 5   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Wally Badarou   Producer
Aswad   Producer
Toots & the Maytals   Producer
Bob Marley   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Grub Cooper   Producer
Sly Dunbar   Producer
Margaret Goldfarb   Reissue Producer
Toots Hibbert   Producer
Godwin Logie   Producer
Andy Lyden   Engineer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Producer
Karl Pitterson   Producer
Zonker Roberts   Tape Research
Robbie Shakespeare   Producer
Wailers   Producer
Louis Marriott   Producer
Michael Campbell   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Bob Marley & the Wailers   Producer
Stuart Henderson   Engineer
Dicky Jobson   Liner Notes
Alsey "Grub" Cooper   Producer
Michael Crouch   Engineer

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