Harder than the Rest

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All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
The string of albums Culture recorded during the late '70s contained some of the most reliably solid sets from the tail end of reggae's roots era. These early releases for the production team of Joe Gibbs and Errol "E.T." Thompson yielded the group's finest work. Following an unfortunate engagement at Duke Reid's famous Treasure Isle studios the results of which can be found on the unauthorized Africa Stand Alone, the vocal trio hooked up with Sonia Pottinger and engineer Errol Brown. The partnership, kick-started by Harder Than the Rest, proved highly fruitful, producing a series of albums that closely approached the quality of the earlier releases. This 1978 set finds ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
The string of albums Culture recorded during the late '70s contained some of the most reliably solid sets from the tail end of reggae's roots era. These early releases for the production team of Joe Gibbs and Errol "E.T." Thompson yielded the group's finest work. Following an unfortunate engagement at Duke Reid's famous Treasure Isle studios the results of which can be found on the unauthorized Africa Stand Alone, the vocal trio hooked up with Sonia Pottinger and engineer Errol Brown. The partnership, kick-started by Harder Than the Rest, proved highly fruitful, producing a series of albums that closely approached the quality of the earlier releases. This 1978 set finds lead singer Joseph Hill and harmony vocalists Albert Walker and Kenneth Dayes in a mellow mood. Though the melodies can suggest otherwise, by the sound of Hill's voice, the singer can't quite disguise the weight of his words. Songs detail the group's concern for the people of their community in general, and for Rastafarians specifically, driving home a series of lessons, warnings, and pleas. The one song that attempts to dodge these realities, "Love Shines Brighter," is unfortunately marred by over-sentimentality. The typically excellent assembly of session men respond to such material with an appropriately light touch: the exemplary rhythm work of keyboardists Ansel Collins and Earl Lindo and guitarist Willie Lindo is kept under close watch by the great Sly Dunbar. The drummer's playing is effortless as he alternates the makeup of a particular pattern or subtly changes up the rhythm, heading into a chorus. Closer attention to the backing for tracks like "Behold," "Tell Me Where You Get It," and "Vacancy" reveals the sort of strength, though subtle, that drives the best roots music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2000
  • Label: Frontline
  • UPC: 724384969622
  • Catalog Number: 49696
  • Sales rank: 76,452

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Culture Primary Artist
Ansel Collins Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Cedric Brooks Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Kenneth Lloyd Dayes Vocals
Sly Dunbar Drums
Vin Gordon Trombone
Felix "Deadly" Headley Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joseph Hill Vocals
Earl Lindo Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Willie Lindo Guitar
David Madden Trumpet
Errol "Ranchie" McLean Guitar
Ken Paley Vocal Harmony
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Albert Walker Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Stefan Grossman Art Direction
Errol Brown Engineer
S.E. Pottinger Producer
Sonia Pottinger Producer
Joan Pelosi Cover Design
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