Jah Is Real

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The reggae record business has been a snakepit for decades, and few have been as cruelly used by it as the legendary Winston Rodney (aka Burning Spear), a man whose recordings have helped build the foundation of roots reggae music and one who has struggled to survive financially for most of his career. Now living in Queens and running his own label, Rodney is not only finally reaping the just rewards of his hard work but also singing and writing at the peak of his powers. Jah Is Real is one of the strongest entries in his monumental catalog. It uses modern technology and recording techniques to deepen and strengthen his signature sound: a dry, heavy blend of horns, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The reggae record business has been a snakepit for decades, and few have been as cruelly used by it as the legendary Winston Rodney (aka Burning Spear), a man whose recordings have helped build the foundation of roots reggae music and one who has struggled to survive financially for most of his career. Now living in Queens and running his own label, Rodney is not only finally reaping the just rewards of his hard work but also singing and writing at the peak of his powers. Jah Is Real is one of the strongest entries in his monumental catalog. It uses modern technology and recording techniques to deepen and strengthen his signature sound: a dry, heavy blend of horns, chanted melodies, two-ton basslines, and devotional lyrics. On this album he's helped out by what might seem at first like an unlikely duo: bassist Bootsy Collins and keyboardist Bernie Worrell, both charter members of Parliament Funkadelic. But the disconnect is only superficial: funk and reggae have deep roots in common, and both Bootsy and Bernie fit into the band with seamless ease. Highlight tracks include the resolutely rocking "People in High Places," the contemplative "Step It," the calypso-inflected "One Africa," and especially, the simple and moving title track. As with most Burning Spear albums, though, this one isn't characterized by sharp high and low points; it's a slow and steady journey through the soul and mind of one of reggae music's most beloved figures, and it moves with all the irresistible momentum of an elephant herd. Very highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Burning Music
  • UPC: 828280334086
  • Catalog Number: 340
  • Sales rank: 67,809

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Cruise (4:38)
  2. 2 Step It (8:10)
  3. 3 You Were Wrong (4:56)
  4. 4 Run for Your Life (6:29)
  5. 5 Jah Is Real (4:06)
  6. 6 People in High Places (4:23)
  7. 7 One Africa (4:56)
  8. 8 Grandfather (3:54)
  9. 9 Wickedness (4:54)
  10. 10 Stick to the Plan (4:29)
  11. 11 No Compromise (4:17)
  12. 12 700 Strong (4:31)
  13. 13 Grassroot (4:22)
  14. 14 Step It (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burning Spear Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell Keyboards
Andy Bassford Guitar
Kevin Batchelor Trumpet
Bootsy Collins Bass Guitar
Ian Coleman Guitar
Michael Hyde Keyboards
Jerry Johnson Saxophone
Joanne Williams Background Vocals
Lawrence Lewis Keyboards
Jason Jackson Trombone
Brian Thorn Guitar
Marie Thomas Background Vocals
The Late Show's Gospel Choir Background Vocals
Blessed Donald Toney Saxophone
David Rekhley Bass Guitar
Donovan Mackity Guitar
Linford Carby Guitar
I Palmer Bass Guitar
William Berlind Keyboards
Kennedy Simmonds Keyboards
Lady Peachena Background Vocals
Howard Smith Drums
Cecil Ordonez Guitar
Technical Credits
Burning Spear Arranger, Composer
Chris Gehringer Remastering
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