Health & Strength

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
In the veritable faceless crowd of DJs that flooded the reggae scene in the 1970s and 1980s, most of the best and most distinctive ones spawned a host of imitators. Only Prince Far I, with his gravelly, stentorian voice and strict spiritual focus, remained truly unique -- in part because few could have imitated him if they'd wanted to, and even fewer would have dared try. Health and Strength was one of the albums he cut for Virgin's Front Line imprint in the late '70s; unlike the others, this one was shelved and eventually lost until a cassette copy surfaced in 1997. The cassette had been made from the original master tapes and was of surprisingly high quality; when On-U ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
In the veritable faceless crowd of DJs that flooded the reggae scene in the 1970s and 1980s, most of the best and most distinctive ones spawned a host of imitators. Only Prince Far I, with his gravelly, stentorian voice and strict spiritual focus, remained truly unique -- in part because few could have imitated him if they'd wanted to, and even fewer would have dared try. Health and Strength was one of the albums he cut for Virgin's Front Line imprint in the late '70s; unlike the others, this one was shelved and eventually lost until a cassette copy surfaced in 1997. The cassette had been made from the original master tapes and was of surprisingly high quality; when On-U Sound's Adrian Sherwood got his hands on it, he cleaned it up a little and released it on his own Pressure Sounds reissue imprint. The results are truly spectacular. Featuring several rare examples of Prince Far I's singing as well as the chanting or "toasting" for which he was famous, Health and Strength stands with his best work. Highlights include the apocalyptic "Frontline Speech," the admirably practical "Health Warning" chanted over the rhythm to Gregory Isaacs' "Sacrifice", and "Clean Hands Pure Heart." Essential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Pressure Sounds
  • UPC: 689492301828
  • Catalog Number: 18
  • Sales rank: 174,319

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Prince Far I Primary Artist
Ansel Collins Keyboards
Noel Sowell Bailey Guitar
Dougie Bryan Guitar
Fish Clarke Drums
Santa Davis Drums
Sly Dunbar Drums
Ossie Hibbert Keyboards
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson Keyboards
Lincoln Style Scott Drums
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Errol "Flabba" Holt Bass
Clinton Jack Bass
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Bass
Technical Credits
Prince Far I Producer
Adrian Sherwood Liner Notes
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