Man in the Hills/Dry & Heavy

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Coming after the highly acclaimed Marcus Garvey 1975, Burning Spear's fourth album, Man in the Hills 1976, had a lot to live up to. It is generally conceded that they did not craft an equally impressive follow-up, but Man in the Hills has its charms nevertheless. Lead singer and main songwriter Winston Rodney turns back to reflections on his rural Jamaican childhood for many of the lyrics, which gives the album a gentler, more nostalgic message than the political, exhortative Marcus Garvey. Rodney's tenor is well suited to the sentiments, and the all-star band assembled to back him is supportive and, especially in the horn charts, complementary to the lead voice. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Coming after the highly acclaimed Marcus Garvey 1975, Burning Spear's fourth album, Man in the Hills 1976, had a lot to live up to. It is generally conceded that they did not craft an equally impressive follow-up, but Man in the Hills has its charms nevertheless. Lead singer and main songwriter Winston Rodney turns back to reflections on his rural Jamaican childhood for many of the lyrics, which gives the album a gentler, more nostalgic message than the political, exhortative Marcus Garvey. Rodney's tenor is well suited to the sentiments, and the all-star band assembled to back him is supportive and, especially in the horn charts, complementary to the lead voice. The demands of recording schedules may have caused Burning Spear to recast earlier songs, but that contributes to the album's theme of looking back. "Door Peep" was the first song Burning Spear released in its Studio One days, and "No More War" updates the Jamaicans' 1967 song "Ba Ba Boom." With Dry & Heavy 1977, Burning Spear consisted only of Rodney, who also jettisoned producer Laurence "Jack Ruby" Lindo and handled the board himself. This time, he went in for remakes in a big way -- seven of the nine songs date from Studio One, with only the title song, another recollection of childhood, and the anti-violence statement "Throw Down Your Arms" newly written. The titles, however, have usually been changed. "It's a Long Way Around" is a new version of "Creation Rebel," "Black Disciples" is "Swell Headed," "Any River" is "Down by the Riverside," "The Sun" is "Call on You," "I W.I.N." is "This Race," and "Shout It Out" is "Free Again." But even if the songs are old, the performances are powerful, and the combination of the two albums here makes for an excellent CD reissue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 044006307220
  • Catalog Number: 063072
  • Sales rank: 382,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Man in the Hills (3:59)
  2. 2 It's Good (2:45)
  3. 3 No More War (3:18)
  4. 4 Black Soul (3:23)
  5. 5 Lion (3:13)
  6. 6 People Get Ready (3:22)
  7. 7 Children (3:42)
  8. 8 Mother (3:36)
  9. 9 Door Peep (2:39)
  10. 10 Groovy (3:56)
  11. 11 Any River (3:19)
  12. 12 The Sun (3:43)
  13. 13 It's a Long Way Around (3:07)
  14. 14 I W.I.N. (3:47)
  15. 15 Throw Down Your Arms (4:05)
  16. 16 Dry and Heavy (3:29)
  17. 17 Wailing (2:48)
  18. 18 Black Disciples (4:25)
  19. 19 Shout It Out (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burning Spear Primary Artist
Aston Barrett Bass
Tony Chin Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Dirty Harry Hall Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Touter Harvey Keyboards
Roots Kinsley Guitar
Earl Lindo Keyboards
Herman Marquis Alto Saxophone
Winston Rodney Percussion, Vocals
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Noel "Scully" Simms Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace Drums
Tyrone "Organ D" Bownie Keyboards
Vincent "Trommie" Gordon Trombone
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
David Katz Liner Notes
Sylvan Morris Engineer
Winston Rodney Arranger, Producer
Neville Garrick Illustrations
Don Taylor Executive Producer
Rebecca Meek Reissue Design
John William Burke Artwork
Carl Gayle Liner Notes
Robin Schwartz Licensing
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Lily Salinas Master Tape Research
Jessica Ruiz Master Tape Research
Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo Producer
Deirdre Morrow Art Direction
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