International Herb

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
African-American R&B has affected different reggae artists in different ways. While Toots and the Maytals' gritty ska
eggae is comparable to the raw, tough southern soul that Wilson Picket, Sam & Dave and Otis Redding were known for, Culture's sweet, mellifluous style of reggae is closer to the northern soul and sweet soul that came out of Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit in the '60s and '70s. On International Herb, ones hears a lot of northern soul influence, as well as Afro-Caribbean and African pop influences. Although not in a class with Two Sevens Clash or Baldhead Bridge, International Herb is a respectable, pleasing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
African-American R&B has affected different reggae artists in different ways. While Toots and the Maytals' gritty ska
eggae is comparable to the raw, tough southern soul that Wilson Picket, Sam & Dave and Otis Redding were known for, Culture's sweet, mellifluous style of reggae is closer to the northern soul and sweet soul that came out of Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit in the '60s and '70s. On International Herb, ones hears a lot of northern soul influence, as well as Afro-Caribbean and African pop influences. Although not in a class with Two Sevens Clash or Baldhead Bridge, International Herb is a respectable, pleasing effort that Culture fans were glad to acquire. Virgin's original LP version of International Herb generated some controversy thanks to its front cover, which showed Culture's members smoking large spliffs while standing in front of a tall, bushy marijuana plant. Marijuana advocates loved the cover, marijuana opponents hated it and Libertarians defended Culture's right to free speech -- even if they were Libertarian teetotalers who wouldn't dream of touching a spliff themselves. The title song is unapologetically pro-marijuana, while other noteworthy tracks including "Ethiopians Waan Guh Home," "Rally Around Jahovah's Throne" and "Jah Rastafari" put forth a very Rastafarian message. International Herb falls short of essential, but it's an enjoyable illustration of the group's talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2001
  • Label: Frontline
  • UPC: 724381032824
  • Catalog Number: 10328
  • Sales rank: 83,540

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Culture Primary Artist
Mikey Boo Drums
Radcliffe Bryan Guitar
Kenneth Lloyd Dayes Vocals
Sly Dunbar Drums
Dean Fraser Tenor Saxophone
Harry T. Powell Conga
Joseph Hill Vocals
Clive "Azul" Hunt Trumpet
Herman Marquis Alto Saxophone
Nambo Trombone
Albert Walker Vocals
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Bass
Technical Credits
Errol Brown Engineer
Clive "Azul" Hunt Brass Arrangment
S.E. Pottinger Producer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
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