Retrospective

Retrospective

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by Bunny Wailer
     
 

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Never as commercially successful as Bob Marley, nor as militant as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer will probably forever remain the most underappreciated of the original Wailers. Yet, since leaving the group in 1974, the singer has quietly constructed an impressive catalog as a solo artist. By the time Shanachie released Retrospective,See more details below

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Never as commercially successful as Bob Marley, nor as militant as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer will probably forever remain the most underappreciated of the original Wailers. Yet, since leaving the group in 1974, the singer has quietly constructed an impressive catalog as a solo artist. By the time Shanachie released Retrospective, Bunny's discography included 12 albums of original material, one live set, and a trio of Marley tributes. Retrospective covers the years 1985-1992, drawing heavily from excellent albums like Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (1987), Liberation (1989), and Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley (1991), while also selecting highlights from the remaining titles. Roots, Radics spawned "Love Fire," an exquisite avowal of Rastafarian faith, as well as "Rockers," a heavy, near instrumental track peppered with dub effects. Though he arguably never surpassed his 1976 debut, Blackheart Man, Bunny came closest with Liberation, one of the finest collections of reality material in his catalog. Representative cuts like the title track, "Want to Come Home," and "Rise and Shine" balance sobering details of oppression with cries for freedom and unity. While that album was his greatest artistic success from the period, the Grammy-winning Time Will Tell was his greatest commercial victory. Included here are readings of "Soul Rebel," "Redemption Song," and the title track, three of Marley's most stunning lyrical statements. Throughout this collection, Bunny is backed by musicians from both the roots and dancehall eras, creating a fundamentally '70s sound updated with a mid-'80s sheen. It wasn't until the early '90s, however, that he embraced the new music fully, the influence finding its way onto both Gumption and Dancehall Massive. Selections like "Warrior" and "Conscious Lyrics," while not quite as spectacular, keep the pace, rounding out an excellent overview.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/1995
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351452122
catalogNumber:
45021

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bunny Wailer   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Electric Drums,talking drum,Drum Loop
Psalms   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gladstone Anderson   Keyboards
Tony Asher   Keyboards
Carl Ayton   Drums
Barrington Bailey   Horn
D. Bryan   Guitar,Drums
E. Carter   Bass,Drums
Eric Clarke   Drums
Steven "Cat" Coore   Guitar
Carlton "Santa" Davis   Drums
Tyrone Downie   Harmonica
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Bobby Ellis   Horn,Keyboards
Dean Fraser   Horn,Keyboards
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
Harry T.   Percussion
Harry T. Powell   Percussion
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Keyboards
Bobby Kalphat   Keyboards
Earl Lindo   Keyboards
Tommy McCook   Horn,Keyboards
Christopher Meredith   Drums
J. Alan Moore   Horn
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson   Horn
Nambo Robinson   Horn
Style Scott   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Drums
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar,Drums
Sowell   Guitar
Keith Sterling   Keyboards
Owen Stewart   Guitar,Horn,Keyboards,Korg M1
D. Thompson   Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion,Keyboards
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Drums
Larry Wallace   Drums
Ricky Walters   Bass
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass
J. Moore   Horn
D. Pinkey   Guitar
T. Wailer   Percussion
C. Walker   Guitar
Danny Brownie   Drums
R. Robinson   Horn
Cat Coore   Guitar
Sam Johnson   Keyboards
Chris Meridith   Drums
Dalton Brownie   Drums
Red Fox Stewart   Keyboards
G.G. Anderson   Keyboards
A. Scott   Drums
Billy "B.E." Ellis   Horn
H. Thompson   Percussion
C. Chin   Horn
C. Davis   Drums
Light of Love   Background Vocals
P. Pearson   Keyboards
N. Robinson   Horn
L. Scott   Drums
F. Stewart   Guitar
D. Pinkney   Guitar
Dan Fraser   Horn
H. Bennet   Horn
Harry I   Percussion
Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont   Guitar
H. "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
U. Thompson   Percussion
"Deadly" Headley Bennett   Horn,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Roots Radics   Orchestration
Bunny Wailer   Arranger,Director,Producer
Christopher Meredith   drum programming
Owen Stewart   Programming
Danny Brownie   drum programming
Joan Pelosi   Cover Design
Chris Meridith   Programming
Kate Simon   Cover Photo
Dalton Brownie   Programming
Neville Livingston   Composer

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