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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This generous compilation isn't really a career retrospective, since it focuses almost exclusively on Black Uhuru's years on the Island label. However, it does take several tracks from the group's Greensleeves and RAS catalog and a Joe Gibbs single version of "Rent Man." What it all boils down to is an overview of the trio when it consisted of Michael Rose, Derrick Simpson, and Puma Jones, which is generally considered to be the classic Black Uhuru lineup Rose is replaced by Junior Reid on two tracks. Fans will have most of this material already, of course, but for the uninitiated this is a good an overview as one could imagine -- all of the most important songs are here,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This generous compilation isn't really a career retrospective, since it focuses almost exclusively on Black Uhuru's years on the Island label. However, it does take several tracks from the group's Greensleeves and RAS catalog and a Joe Gibbs single version of "Rent Man." What it all boils down to is an overview of the trio when it consisted of Michael Rose, Derrick Simpson, and Puma Jones, which is generally considered to be the classic Black Uhuru lineup Rose is replaced by Junior Reid on two tracks. Fans will have most of this material already, of course, but for the uninitiated this is a good an overview as one could imagine -- all of the most important songs are here, from the inevitable "I Love King Selassie" to "Youth of Eglington" paired with its dub version from the Dub Factor collection. "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" is mixed in showcase style, but with a dubwise appendix that differs significantly from the one on Heartbeat's Showcase album. "What Is Life?" and "Try It" are both presented in their original Jamaican mixes. No track is less than worthwhile, and some of them are among the finest reggae ever recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2000
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731454234825
  • Catalog Number: 542348
  • Sales rank: 51,917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sinsemilla (5:10)
  2. 2 I Love King Selassie (4:35)
  3. 3 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (4:54)
  4. 4 Sponji Reggae (4:56)
  5. 5 Love Crisis (3:47)
  6. 6 Rent Man (3:18)
  7. 7 Endurance (4:00)
  8. 8 World Is Africa (5:15)
  9. 9 Utterance (3:43)
  10. 10 What Is Life? (5:43)
  11. 11 Youth of Eglington (5:02)
  12. 12 Youth (3:48)
  13. 13 Try It (5:26)
  14. 14 Dread in the Mountain (4:05)
  15. 15 Brutal (4:07)
  16. 16 Darkness (3:59)
  17. 17 Chill Out (5:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Uhuru Primary Artist
Revolutionaries Band
Junior Reid Vocals
Taxi Gang Band
Michael Rose Vocals
Derrick Simpson Vocal Harmony
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson Vocal Harmony
Sandra Jones Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Derrick Simpson Composer
Ilene Weingard Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
Dana Smart Producer, Essay
M. Rose Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
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