Liberation: The Island Anthology

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
During the band's heyday in the late '70s and early '80s, Black Uhuru was one of the most unique and influential reggae bands in the world. This was partly due to their distinctive vocal sound -- which was dominated by the keening wail of Michael Rose and the haunting harmonies of American expatriate Puma Jones -- but in large part it was also due to their backing band, which was led by the legendary drum-and-bass duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and was one of the few that could challenge the Wailers in terms of telepathic tightness and sheer rhythmic wallop. Liberation goes one better than most retrospective compilations: instead of simply collecting two discs' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
During the band's heyday in the late '70s and early '80s, Black Uhuru was one of the most unique and influential reggae bands in the world. This was partly due to their distinctive vocal sound -- which was dominated by the keening wail of Michael Rose and the haunting harmonies of American expatriate Puma Jones -- but in large part it was also due to their backing band, which was led by the legendary drum-and-bass duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and was one of the few that could challenge the Wailers in terms of telepathic tightness and sheer rhythmic wallop. Liberation goes one better than most retrospective compilations: instead of simply collecting two discs' worth of previously released singles and selected album tracks, it takes familiar songs such as the anthemic "I Love King Selassie" and the apocalyptic "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and presents them in live versions, early mixes, 12" "showcase" versions wherein the dub mix follows without a break on the heels of the vocal mix, and more. Little of this material is actually rare, and a good chunk of it actually does consist of standard singles and album tracks. But the rarities are plentiful enough to please fans, while the two-disc program is comprehensive enough to serve as a fine overview for beginners. Highlights abound, but they particularly include the showcase version of "Darkness" and the 12" mix of "Sponji Reggae." Excellent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1993
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731451828225
  • Catalog Number: 518282
  • Sales rank: 100,876

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chill Out (6:00)
  2. 2 Party Next Door (5:54)
  3. 3 Black Uhuru Anthem (5:35)
  4. 4 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (6:00)
  5. 5 Shine Eye Gal (4:29)
  6. 6 Sponji Reggae (10:29)
  7. 7 Wicked Act (3:26)
  8. 8 Botanical Roots (5:00)
  9. 9 Somebody's Watching You (5:49)
  10. 10 Utterance (3:42)
  11. 11 Slaughter (4:36)
  12. 12 I Love King Selassie (4:20)
  13. 13 Darkness/Dubness (7:08)
  14. 14 Elements (3:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 What Is Life? (5:43)
  2. 2 Youth of Eglington (5:03)
  3. 3 Youth (3:49)
  4. 4 Right Stuff (5:55)
  5. 5 Whole World Is Africa (5:16)
  6. 6 Happiness (7:34)
  7. 7 Mondays/Killer Tuesday (6:58)
  8. 8 Solidarity (4:13)
  9. 9 Ion Storm (3:49)
  10. 10 Try It (5:25)
  11. 11 Bull in the Pen (5:25)
  12. 12 Sinsemilla (5:09)
  13. 13 Puff She Puff (5:10)
  14. 14 Party in Session (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Uhuru Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Wally Badarou Synthesizer, Vocoder
Bernie Worrell Clavinet
Barry Reynolds Guitar
Ansel Collins Piano, Keyboards
Jimmy Becker Harmonica
Radcliffe Bryan Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Chico Chin Trumpet
Mikey Chung Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Sly Dunbar Drums, Syndrum
Copeland Forbes Master of Ceremonies
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Sky Juice Percussion
Willie Lindo Guitar
Robert Lyn Piano, Keyboards
David Madden Trumpet
Nambo Robinson Trombone
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Piano
Keith Sterling Piano, Keyboards
Darryl Thompson Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Franklyn Waul Keyboards
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Black Uhuru Producer
Chris Blackwell Executive Producer
Sly Dunbar Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Remixing
Bill Levenson Executive Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Remastering
Robbie Shakespeare Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Remixing
Derrick Simpson Composer
Steven Stanley Producer
Harry Weinger Liner Notes
Trevor Wyatt Executive Producer
Lister Hewan Lowe Executive Producer
Tom Terrell Liner Notes
Paul "Groucho" Smykle Contributor, Dub Mixing
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