Crucial Times

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Sizzla's massive discography has more than its fair share of suspicious releases, most of which drive away new listeners with sub-par material and poor documentation. Crucial Times suffers from the latter in that there are no track by track credits -- although there is an excellent essay -- but the material is top-notch, all of it pulled from the Grove Road vaults of producer Homer Harris and much of it unheard. Given the one-two opening punch of "Precious Gift" and "Crucial Time," the album could easily be mistaken for one of Sizzla's official releases if it wasn't for the fact that the sound field changes significantly between the two tracks, signaling that they come ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Sizzla's massive discography has more than its fair share of suspicious releases, most of which drive away new listeners with sub-par material and poor documentation. Crucial Times suffers from the latter in that there are no track by track credits -- although there is an excellent essay -- but the material is top-notch, all of it pulled from the Grove Road vaults of producer Homer Harris and much of it unheard. Given the one-two opening punch of "Precious Gift" and "Crucial Time," the album could easily be mistaken for one of Sizzla's official releases if it wasn't for the fact that the sound field changes significantly between the two tracks, signaling that they come from different studios and different time periods. Speaking of time periods, the liner notes claim "Foundation" is from the first time the singer stepped into the studio, and supports the argument with a picture of a 15 year-old Sizzla on his way to school. Other highlights come from what are obviously later years, as the smooth and modern "Jolly Good Time" flows like a Third World or Maxi Priest tune, while "Sufferation and Poverty" uses a jungle/drum'n'bass beat for a futuristic ragga experience. More info and this collection would be a revelation, but as it is, it's a welcome surprise and should have all Sizzla fans wondering what other undiscovered gems this Bobo Dread has lost to the vaults.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/19/2010
  • Label: Greensleeves
  • UPC: 601811205525
  • Catalog Number: 2055
  • Sales rank: 90,981

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Precious Gift (4:07)
  2. 2 Crucial Time (3:34)
  3. 3 Take a Stand (4:00)
  4. 4 Agriculture and Education (3:55)
  5. 5 Charming (3:35)
  6. 6 Jolly Good Time (3:56)
  7. 7 Rat Race (3:45)
  8. 8 There's No Pain (4:17)
  9. 9 Sufferation and Poverty (6:00)
  10. 10 Foundation (4:20)
  11. 11 Atta Clap (4:04)
  12. 12 Progress (3:40)
  13. 13 Get Rid Ah Dem (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sizzla Primary Artist
Dalton Browne Guitar
Michael Fletcher Bass Guitar
Dean Fraser Horn, Vocal Harmony
Paul Kastick Drums
Paul Jazzwad Yebuah Keyboards
Christopher Birch Keyboards
Paul Crossdale Keyboards
Bowie Keyboards
Mitchum Chin Guitar
Robbie Lyn Keyboards
Kirk Bennett Drums
Bonitto Flute
Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen Guitar
Shiah Coore Guitar
Conradine Campbell Vocal Harmony
Donald "Mr. Biggs" Dennis Bass Guitar
Melborne "George" Miller Drums
Karim Thompson Drums
Jeffrey Forrest Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Paul Daley Engineer
Robert Murphy Engineer
Homer Harris Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Sizzla Producer
Tony McDermott Graphic Design
Paul Shields Mastering
Garfield McDonald Engineer
Arthur Simms Engineer
Donald "Tixie" Dixon Engineer
Kirk Palmer Producer
Richard "Breadback" Bramwell Engineer
Michelle Geister Liner Notes
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