Inna Heights [10th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD]

Inna Heights [10th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD]

by Buju Banton
     
 

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Off-island fans of Buju Banton could only listen in amazement at the transformation the artist underwent during the mid-'90s. Debuting internationally in 1993 with the highly diversified Voice of Jamaica album, two years later Banton offered up the gorgeous, introspective 'Til Shiloh, and by 1997 he had grown into a mature superstar with Inna Heights<…  See more details below

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Off-island fans of Buju Banton could only listen in amazement at the transformation the artist underwent during the mid-'90s. Debuting internationally in 1993 with the highly diversified Voice of Jamaica album, two years later Banton offered up the gorgeous, introspective 'Til Shiloh, and by 1997 he had grown into a mature superstar with Inna Heights. "My favorite thing about being able to bring across reggae music as a part of my culture...is sharing the excitement of it, the joy of it, the pleasure and splendor it bring." So Banton explains on one of the "Inter Lingua"s on this set, wherein he briefly meditates on his music and personal philosophy. And with Inna Heights he succeeds beyond most people's greatest expectations, capturing the glory of Jamaican music in virtually all its forms, imbuing it with the excitement of the dancehalls, yet ensuring that its cultural underpinnings shine forth. As with Shiloh, Heights opens with an a cappella prayer, but closes with the striking "Circumstances," another virtually a cappella piece that is an emotive cry against violence and the circumstances that breed it. The 19 tracks in between (including the four "Lingua"s) sweep across the spectrum, both musically and thematically. Reaching back in time, Banton and DJ vet Jah Stitch deliver up the jubilant skafest "Small Axe" (no relation to the Wailers classic), while Banton revisits the reggae age with a soulful Toots Hibbert for a phenomenal version of the Maytals' classic "54-46 Was My Number," and moves into roots territory with the Marley-esque "Hills and Valleys"; all three are standouts amidst a myriad of fabulous tracks. The bouncy "Redder Than Red" has a calypso lilt, while the anthemic "African Pride" and sufferer's "Mother's Cry" both boast Afro-beats. Lush romantic numbers, upbeat, contagious pieces, among them the sparkling hit "Love Sponge," and onto the superb dancehall of "Love Dem Bad," a combination number with Red Rat -- Heights has it all, musically and thematically. The cultural numbers resonate with wisdom and faith, and all are absolutely mesmerizing. The thoughtful "Hills," the lovely, introspective "Destiny," the optimism and strength of "Close One Yesterday," the infectious prayer "Give I Strength," its glowing ambience heightened by Ras Shiloh's emotive vocals, and the heartfelt appreciation of the "Single Parent" -- every one is a classic. In fact, virtually every song on this album is phenomenal; some are deftly self-produced, the bulk expertly overseen as always by Donovan Germain. Banton attained brave new heights, and in the process recorded a masterpiece. [VP issued a 10th Anniversary Edition that included bonus material on both CD and DVD.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645176828
catalogNumber:
1768
Rank:
230783

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Myrie   Primary Artist
Beres Hammond   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Pam Hall   Background Vocals
Danny Browne   Background Vocals,Musician
Dalton Browne   Musician
Donald Dennis   Musician
Sly Dunbar   Musician
Fluxy   Musician
Dean Fraser   Musician
Morgan Heritage   Guest Appearance
Toots Hibbert   Guest Appearance
Michelle Jackson   Background Vocals
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Musician
Steven Stanley   Keyboards,Musician
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Musician
Danny Joe Brown Band   Musician
Michelle Anderson   Background Vocals
Robert Browne   Musician
Red Rat   Guest Appearance
Dorette Wisdom   Background Vocals
Ras Shiloh   Guest Appearance
Juliet Nelson   Background Vocals
Frank Burt   Musician
C-Sharp   Musician

Technical Credits

Mark Myrie   Executive Producer
Danny Browne   Producer
D. Germain   Management
Donovan Germain   Producer,Executive Producer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Steven Stanley   Engineer
Andrew Thomas   Engineer
Andre "Dreddy Ranks" Tyrell   Engineer
Christopher Chin   Executive Producer
Shane Brown   Engineer
Robert Browne   Engineer
A.W. Thomas   Composer
A. Martin   Composer
C.S. Dodd   Composer
Olivier Chastan   Marketing

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