Long Life

Long Life

by Prince Far I
     
 
Prince Far I made several fine albums for the Virgin label's Front Line imprint in the late '70s. That relationship eventually soured, leading him to record the scathing "Virgin" several years later; probably the angriest artist-to-label kiss-off since Lee "Scratch" Perry accused Island label head Chris Blackwell of vampirism and

Overview

Prince Far I made several fine albums for the Virgin label's Front Line imprint in the late '70s. That relationship eventually soured, leading him to record the scathing "Virgin" several years later; probably the angriest artist-to-label kiss-off since Lee "Scratch" Perry accused Island label head Chris Blackwell of vampirism and murder. But while the relationship continued, it resulted in some of Prince Far I's most powerful work. Long Life had its long-overdue CD reissue in 2002, a development that was especially welcome since none of its tracks had been included on the previous Front Line reissue compilations (Dubwise and Black Man Land). On these sessions, the rhythms are provided courtesy of a studio band made up of members of both Soul Syndicate (notably the killer bass-and-drums duo of Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar) and Roots Radics, and they are, without exception, as solid and heavy as a bag of boulders. Prince Far I himself is in top form, rebuking Babylon on "Black Star Liner Must Come" and calling his fellow Rastafarians to repentance and renewed spiritual effort on such exhortative classics as "Remember Jah Jah" and "Love One Another." Some bonus tracks would have been nice (this album clocks in at a measly 32 minutes), but no one who has been seduced by Prince Far I's gravelly chant is going to quibble; it's been a long 25 years of waiting for this reissue, and we're all just happy to have it.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2002
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724381219324
catalogNumber:
8121932

Related Subjects

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prince Far   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals
Don Drummond   Horn
Bingy Bunny   Rhythm Guitar
Carlton "Santa" Davis   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums
George Fullwood   Bass,Drums
Dirty Harry Hall   Horn
Bongo Herman   Percussion
Chinnas Melchez Inick   Guitar
Bobby Kalphat   Keyboards,Melodica
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Bass Guitar
Snappy   Keyboards
Tarzan   Keyboards
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson   Keyboards
Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont   Guitar
Don Drummond   Horn

Technical Credits

Sylvan Morris   Engineer
M. Williams   Arranger,Producer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >