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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
The sophomore release from the third and most successful incarnation of Black Uhuru singers Don Carlos, Erroll "Jay" Wilson, and Rudolph "Garth" Dennis had come before, Red spotlights the singing talents of then-rising star Michael Rose, American-born Sandra "Puma" Jones, and original member Derrick "Duckie" Simpson. Backed by the tight and dancehall-era defining Sly & Robbie band, the trio reels off eight high-quality reggae cuts here, including classics like "Youth of Eglington" and "Sponji Reggae." Filled with Rose's astute lyrics, the album provides an engaging blend of steppers rhythms and social commentary. Sly & Robbie's ingenious mix of sophisticated roots ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
The sophomore release from the third and most successful incarnation of Black Uhuru singers Don Carlos, Erroll "Jay" Wilson, and Rudolph "Garth" Dennis had come before, Red spotlights the singing talents of then-rising star Michael Rose, American-born Sandra "Puma" Jones, and original member Derrick "Duckie" Simpson. Backed by the tight and dancehall-era defining Sly & Robbie band, the trio reels off eight high-quality reggae cuts here, including classics like "Youth of Eglington" and "Sponji Reggae." Filled with Rose's astute lyrics, the album provides an engaging blend of steppers rhythms and social commentary. Sly & Robbie's ingenious mix of sophisticated roots reggae and a variety of modern touches synthesizers, electronic drums not only brought Black Uhuru widespread fame but, along with Henry "Junjo" Lawes and Prince Jammy's contemporary productions, also helped define the slicked-up last stand of roots rhythms in the first half of the '80s, while foreshadowing reggae's coming digital age. A very enjoyable listen, recommended along with other fine offerings by the band like Chill Out and the Grammy-winning Anthem. The 2003 reissue augments the original release with liner notes by David Katz and the addition of the two tracks from the 12" single released by Island in August 1981, two months after the album appeared, a ten-and-a-half-minute "Disco Mix" of "Sponji Reggae" and "Trodding," which is a dub version of the album track "Journey."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 044006362922
  • Catalog Number: 000076602
  • Sales rank: 14,509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Youth of Eglington (5:03)
  2. 2 Sponji Reggae (4:56)
  3. 3 Sistren (4:34)
  4. 4 Journey (5:23)
  5. 5 Utterance (3:43)
  6. 6 Puff She Puff (5:09)
  7. 7 Rockstone (4:40)
  8. 8 Carbine (6:08)
  9. 9 Sponji Reggae (10:32)
  10. 10 Trodding (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Uhuru Primary Artist
Barry Reynolds Guitar
Dougie Bryan Guitar
Mikey Chung Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Sly Dunbar Drums, Syndrum
Robert Lyn Piano
Robbie Shakespeare Piano, Bass Guitar
Keith Sterling Piano
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Chris Blackwell Executive Producer, Remixing
David Katz Liner Notes
Sly Dunbar Producer, Remixing
Godwin Logie Remixing
Maxie Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Robbie Shakespeare Producer, Remixing
Derrick Simpson Composer
Solgie Engineer
Kendal Stubbs Engineer, overdub engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Suha Gur Mastering
M. Rose Composer
Robin Schwartz Licensing
Jane Hitchin Tape Research
David Lascelles Tape Research
Zoe Roberts Tape Research
Ruth McLeod Costume Design, Clothing Design
Bruno Cover Design
Anthony "Soljie" Hamilton Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Reggae Not For The Faint Of Heart

    The cd Red by Black Uhuru is, simply put, reggae at it's finest. It's really a shame this group is still not intact (which would be somewhat difficult considering Puma Jones died a few years ago). Michael Rose's lead vocals are strong and haunting. It would not be a misnomer to label this album "militant reggae". It might scare away some white folks who merely want to hear "love reggae" along the lines of "Three Little Birds" by the great Bob Marley. These are all hard-core reggae tunes with a cutting edge and political overtones made all the more frightening by Michael Rose's singing/chanting. I first heard this recording in the early 80's and it immediately became one of my favorites and still is. When some of my friends (who aren't all that familiar with reggae music) hear me listening to these songs on 'Red', I sometimes get a look that says "What the hell are you listening to??" Michael Rose makes everyone sit up and take notice. Particularly outstanding are the tracks 'Youth of Eglington' -- an uptempo rocker with excellent percussion which depicts the hard-core youth of a place in England and their rough lifestyle--"they need food, they want to go to school" & "the youth of Eglington won't put down their Remington". And the absolute masterpiece of the bunch is 'Sponji Reggae' which shows off Rose's considerable vocal skills and contains one of my all-time favorite lines: "I may not be a superstar, I don't drive no fancy car, I can afford only a Winchester cigar"..brilliant stuff. This reissue version also contains an extended version of the song (over 10 minutes)..but frankly I prefer the original five minute version. The background vocals of Puma Jones and Ducky Simpson are a very important part of this recording as well -- listen to Puma Jones haunting chants of "ah ah Rasta" on the track 'Utterance'. If you don't own this reggae disc then you're not a true reggae fan. The question is: Can you handle it??

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