Creation Rebel

Creation Rebel

by Burning Spear
     
 

Creation Rebel collects Burning Spear's classic early recordings (1969-1974) for producer Clement Dodd at Studio One, and the remastering is terrific, making these tracks sound as clear as they're likely to get. What is perhaps most admirable here is how fully formed Spear's sound and vision are right from the start, with his MarcusSee more details below

Overview

Creation Rebel collects Burning Spear's classic early recordings (1969-1974) for producer Clement Dodd at Studio One, and the remastering is terrific, making these tracks sound as clear as they're likely to get. What is perhaps most admirable here is how fully formed Spear's sound and vision are right from the start, with his Marcus Garvey-derived themes of self-determination, black nationalism and African repatriation all front and center, and even as he indignantly details the suffering of the impoverished, Spear also fully praises the resilience of the human spirit, and these concerns would continue to figure prominently at the heart of his work 40 years later. The sound here is rougher and busier than his classic later sessions with producer Jack Ruby (which led to albums like Marcus Garvey and Man in the Hills), with much more organ, for instance, and choppier rhythms, but Spear's voice and general approach to each song is essentially the same, making these tracks more than just a precursor to the later Ruby material, but a serious early statement of intent. The usual Studio One session players are on hand, including Leroy Sibbles, Ernest Ranglin and a horn section of Cedric "Im" Brooks, David Madden, and Vin Gordon, and they seemed excited to be adding to these songs, which amounted to the first expression of conscious roots reggae (keep in mind that at this point in time Bob Marley had yet to work with Lee "Scratch" Perry, and his Island recordings were well in the future). Much of Creation Rebel has been previously unavailable on CD (at least legally, and certainly not with this sound quality), and the set includes several stereo versions. Key tracks include "Door Peeper" (which started it all), "Bad to Worst," "Pick Up the Pieces," "Foggy Road," "Rocking Time," and "Weeping and Wailing," and when all is said and done, this collection shows a remarkable unity of tone. Creation Rebel works both as a testament to the early vision of a great artist, but also as a fine first volley.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Heartbeat / Pgd
UPC:
0011661766426

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Burning Spear   Primary Artist
Leroy Sibbles   Bass
Boris Gardiner   Bass
Larry Marshall   Vocal Harmony
Campbell   Vocal Harmony
Richard Ace   Keyboards
Cedric Brooks   Horn
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   DJ
Eric Frater   Guitar
Vin Gordon   Horn
Albert Griffiths   Guitar
Denzel Laing   Percussion
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
David Madden   Horn
Patrick McDonald   Guitar
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Winston Rodney   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Drums
Rupert Willington   Vocal Harmony
Bagga Walker   Bass
Carlton Manning   Bass,Guitar
Jojo Bennett   Horn
Fil Callender   Guitar,Drums
Enid Cumberland   Percussion
"Deadly" Headley Bennett   Horn

Technical Credits

Leroy Jodie Pierson   Archival Materials
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Toby Mountain   Mastering
Winston Rodney   Composer
Joshua Blood   Lyric Transcription
O'Neill Nanco   Drawing
Chris Wilson   Liner Notes
Chris "Poet" Wilson   Liner Notes,Archival Materials

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