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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Winston Rodney -- the man known as Burning Spear ever since the name stopped applying to the two- or three-man group he fronted -- once said that Island doesn't own any unreleased tracks from him; they only own the tracks given to them through producer Jack Ruby. This helps explain why the numerous Burning Spear compilations the label's parent company, Universal, has released differ very little in their track listings, and maybe why the Chris Blackwell mixes of Spear's albums keep rearing their watered-down heads. They are here again on the two-disc Gold, yet another compilation that covers a sliver of Burning Spear's career. But what a sliver it is. Gold focuses on ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Winston Rodney -- the man known as Burning Spear ever since the name stopped applying to the two- or three-man group he fronted -- once said that Island doesn't own any unreleased tracks from him; they only own the tracks given to them through producer Jack Ruby. This helps explain why the numerous Burning Spear compilations the label's parent company, Universal, has released differ very little in their track listings, and maybe why the Chris Blackwell mixes of Spear's albums keep rearing their watered-down heads. They are here again on the two-disc Gold, yet another compilation that covers a sliver of Burning Spear's career. But what a sliver it is. Gold focuses on Spear's early Island albums and, through the magic of major-label mergers, one album from his stint with EMI. It's the "zenith of Burning Spear's brilliant career" according to the liner notes, and the track listing makes that case well, save one horribly misguided decision. Taking three tracks from the limp and universally scorned Garvey's Ghost -- a Blackwell-helmed dub snooze-fest that was done without the permission of an infuriated Rodney -- is a truly bad move. It's doubly frustrating when you consider how well Gold handles Spear's other albums, including his Island debut, Marcus Garvey, which also suffered from some Blackwell-ing. You'd have to take out a second mortgage to acquire the album in its original form, and as Gold displays, Spear gradually thickened his sound through the years and it's doubtful Blackwell soiled the album as drastically as listeners have been lead to believe. "Slavery Days" and "Marcus Garvey" from the album sound fantastic and vital here, but that's only the beginning. Gold takes the listener chronologically from Spear's dankest, dark albums through to his punchier, more soulful ones and stops along the way to grab an uplifting live track and a couple of extended mixes that allow the groove to really stretch its legs. The a cappella "Jah No Dead" from Spear's appearance in the movie Rockers is a perfect, serene ending to the heavily spiritual and politically urgent collection, one that makes the listener forget the Garvey's Ghost mishap. Until Rodney and the people at Island make nice, Gold is as good as it gets. Recommended with some weighty reservations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498276013
  • Catalog Number: 000450902
  • Sales rank: 29,846

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Invasion (3:22)
  2. 2 Slavery Days (3:32)
  3. 3 Marcus Garvey (3:28)
  4. 4 Farther East of Jack (4:25)
  5. 5 Jordan River (2:57)
  6. 6 Red, Gold & Green (3:14)
  7. 7 Black Wa-Da-Da (3:51)
  8. 8 I and I Survive (3:52)
  9. 9 Man in the Hills (3:59)
  10. 10 Door Peep (2:40)
  11. 11 Cultivation (4:10)
  12. 12 It's Good (2:45)
  13. 13 Lion (3:13)
  14. 14 Mother (3:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dry & Heavy (3:29)
  2. 2 Wailing (2:49)
  3. 3 Throw Down Your Arms (4:05)
  4. 4 Any River (3:23)
  5. 5 Black Disciples (4:26)
  6. 6 Old Marcus Garvey (4:58)
  7. 7 Social Living (7:53)
  8. 8 Civilised Reggae (7:11)
  9. 9 Come (3:54)
  10. 10 Marcus Children Suffer (4:39)
  11. 11 Institution (3:30)
  12. 12 Hail H.I.M. (4:14)
  13. 13 Road Foggy (3:34)
  14. 14 Jah No Dead (2:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burning Spear Primary Artist
Aston Barrett Bass, Percussion, Bass Guitar
Tony Chin Rhythm Guitar
Michael "Ibo" Cooper Keyboards
Dick Cuthell Trumpet
Sly Dunbar Drums
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Egbert Evans Flute, Saxophone
Brinsley Forde Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Philip Fullwood Conga
Angus Gaye Drums
Donald Griffiths Guitar
Dirty Harry Hall Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Touter Harvey Organ, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Courtney Hemmings Keyboards
Delroy Hines Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Earl Lindo Keyboards
Nelson Miller Drums
Herman Marquis Alto Saxophone
George Oban Bass
Winston Rodney Percussion, Conga, Vocals
Carlton Samuels Flute
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Bass Guitar
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace Drums
Rupert Willington Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Rico Rodriguez Trombone
Junior Marvin Guitar
Vincent "Trommie" Gordon Trombone
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Valentine "Tony" Chin Guitar
Richard Hall Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Gordon Trombone
Technical Credits
Aston Barrett Producer
Terry Barham Engineer
David Katz Liner Notes
Philip Fullwood Composer
Godwin Logie Engineer
Sylvan Morris Engineer
Karl Pitterson Producer
George Philpott Engineer
Winston Rodney Arranger, Composer, Producer
Dennis Thompson Engineer
Errol Thompson Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo Producer, Audio Production
Denise Mills Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    PHENOMENAL!!!!!

    Take a trip to the islands.... This is the only way to describe this cd.
    Burning Spear is a relaxed, uplifting sound that talks about the struggles of life with a positive message. I just love all of the cd's.
    Another must: Jah is Real by the same artist.

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