Reggae Pulse, Vol. 5: Protest Songs

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
No country has ever issued as much protest music as Jamaica, whose artists have released half a century's worth of songs calling for racial pride, repatriation, peace, brotherhood, cultural change, and the general and complete dismantling of all things Babylon. Out of this welter of protest, Trojan has picked 18 tracks for the fifth installment of its Reggae Pulse sampler series, a task that must have been daunting, since for every song selected, a dozen equally deserving ones had to be passed over, and this project could easily have been a multi-disc box set and still have been considered woefully incomplete. There are some obvious tracks here, including Peter Tosh's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
No country has ever issued as much protest music as Jamaica, whose artists have released half a century's worth of songs calling for racial pride, repatriation, peace, brotherhood, cultural change, and the general and complete dismantling of all things Babylon. Out of this welter of protest, Trojan has picked 18 tracks for the fifth installment of its Reggae Pulse sampler series, a task that must have been daunting, since for every song selected, a dozen equally deserving ones had to be passed over, and this project could easily have been a multi-disc box set and still have been considered woefully incomplete. There are some obvious tracks here, including Peter Tosh's version of "Get Up, Stand Up," a song he co-wrote with Bob Marley while in the Wailers, Marley's own haunting declaration of intent, "Soul Rebel," and Third World's late-'70s history lesson, "1865 96 Degrees in the Shade." There are also some interesting surprises, like Delroy Wilson's resigned and hopeful "Better Must Come," which surmises that since things are so awful right now, "better must come one day." Two of the most striking tracks are 21st century interpretations of a couple of classic protest songs. Luciano restructures Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" into a magnificent statement, stripping out the rage and replacing it with a controlled resentment that seems all the more powerful when sung in Luciano's calm, measured voice. Bushman's reading of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" is also surprisingly effective, and given a Jamaican setting, the song rings with an added edge. What's collected here is obviously only the tip of the tip of the iceberg one could easily fill a disc with Marley's protest songs alone, and Island's Rebel Music does exactly that, but as a sampler mixing in some classic tracks with some surprising new ones, Protest Songs accomplishes its mission, as long as one doesn't expect anything comprehensive. As Marley said, there's so much trouble in the world. Better must come.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768048324
  • Catalog Number: 80483

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eve of Destruction - Luciano (3:35)
  2. 2 One Blood - Junior Reid (3:39)
  3. 3 Putting Up Resistance (3:55)
  4. 4 Get Up, Stand Up - Peter Tosh (3:30)
  5. 5 For What It's Worth (3:38)
  6. 6 Solidarity (4:26)
  7. 7 Working Class Hero - Bushman (3:34)
  8. 8 Ring the Alarm - Tenor Saw (3:17)
  9. 9 The Universal Soldier (2:32)
  10. 10 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) - Third World (4:21)
  11. 11 Revolution - Dennis Brown (5:03)
  12. 12 Soul Rebel (3:19)
  13. 13 Blowin' in the Wind - Don Carlos (3:26)
  14. 14 Africa Must Be Free by 1983 (2:31)
  15. 15 The Same Song (4:08)
  16. 16 Better Must Come (2:44)
  17. 17 Greetings - Half Pint (3:36)
  18. 18 No More Weapons (4:33)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
William Clarke Composer
P.F. Sloan Composer
Black Uhuru Producer
Dennis Brown Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Third World Producer
Bob Dylan Composer
John Lennon Composer
Steve Stills Composer
Hugh Mundell Composer, Producer
Junior Reid Composer, Producer
Sly & Robbie Producer
Beres Hammond Composer
Steve Barri Composer
Chris Blackwell Executive Producer
Tommy Cowan Producer
Doctor Dread Producer
David Hinds Composer, Producer
Bunny Lee Producer
Peter Tosh Composer, Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer
George Phang Producer
Cecil Skelly Spence Composer
Steven Stanley Producer
H. Swaby Producer
Steven Van Zandt Composer
Delroy Wilson Composer
Tapper Zukie Producer
Roger Steffens Liner Notes
Winston Riley Composer, Producer
Stephen Coore Composer
Carl Bright Composer
Mike Jason Executive Producer
Larry Lachmann Mastering
Micheal Henry Producer
Paul "Groucho" Smykle Producer
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