Sinsemilla [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Released on the Island Records subsidiary Mango in July 1980, Sinsemilla, named after a type of marijuana, was Black Uhuru's first album to be issued internationally, its third overall. Although the group was nominally a trio at this point -- consisting of Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Michael Rose, and Sandra "Puma" Jones -- in effect, Sinsemilla was a solo album by Rose, who wrote all the songs and sang lead vocals. In David Katz's liner notes for this reissue, Rose is even quoted as saying that Jones doesn't sing on the disc. In addition to his writing and singing duties, Rose can be credited for bringing in the production team and rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Released on the Island Records subsidiary Mango in July 1980, Sinsemilla, named after a type of marijuana, was Black Uhuru's first album to be issued internationally, its third overall. Although the group was nominally a trio at this point -- consisting of Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Michael Rose, and Sandra "Puma" Jones -- in effect, Sinsemilla was a solo album by Rose, who wrote all the songs and sang lead vocals. In David Katz's liner notes for this reissue, Rose is even quoted as saying that Jones doesn't sing on the disc. In addition to his writing and singing duties, Rose can be credited for bringing in the production team and rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, whose Taxi Gang provides the distinctive musical tracks. Rose's lyrical vision is revolutionary and radical, extolling the primacy of Africa, opposing Apartheid, and praising the virtues of marijuana. But his sweet tenor and Simpson's harmonies soothe the message, and the music has a spare, rhythmic appeal that is distinctive and forward-looking, suggesting a hard, stripped-down direction for reggae. Sinsemilla is the sound of performers just finding their voices, and it excited hopes for the development of Jamaican music as Bob Marley's leadership was about to falter due to illness. The 2003 reissue contains both sides of Black Uhuru's August 1980 12" single, "Sinsemilla Discomix," which extends the title track to six and a half minutes, and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Discomix," an extended version of an earlier Jamaican hit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 044006362823
  • Catalog Number: 000076502
  • Sales rank: 26,535

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Uhuru Primary Artist
Ansel Collins Organ, Piano
Jimmy Becker Harmonica
Sly Dunbar Percussion, Drums, Voices
Puma Jones Group Member
Michael Rose Group Member
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Derrick Simpson Group Member
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Rad Bryan Guitar
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Bunny Tom Tom Remixing
David Katz Liner Notes
Sly Dunbar Producer, Executive Producer
Ernest Hoo Kim Engineer
Robbie Shakespeare Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Suha Gur Mastering
Tony Wright Artwork
M. Rose Composer
Robin Schwartz Licensing
Jane Hitchin Tape Research
David Lascelles Tape Research
Zoe Roberts Tape Research
"Colonel" Maxie Engineer
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