'Til Shiloh

'Til Shiloh

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by Buju Banton
     
 

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Sometimes a single record can change everything, setting off larger artistic ripples than its creator ever could have predicted. TIL SHILOH is the album that drove the revival of "culture lyrics" in mid-'90s reggae, overwhelming the sex-and-violence fetish that had previously held sway. SHILOH helped Buju Banton shed his limited reputation as a dance hall star with a… See more details below

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Sometimes a single record can change everything, setting off larger artistic ripples than its creator ever could have predicted. TIL SHILOH is the album that drove the revival of "culture lyrics" in mid-'90s reggae, overwhelming the sex-and-violence fetish that had previously held sway. SHILOH helped Buju Banton shed his limited reputation as a dance hall star with a knack for rude lyrics. The pivotal song was "Murderer," a desperate rebuke of all gunmen, written in the aftermath of fellow entertainer Panhead's shooting death. Stirring compositions like "Til I'm Laid to Rest," "Wanna Be Loved," and "Not an Easy Road" raised Buju's career to a new artistic standard and inspired countless stylistic and thematic imitators. TIL SHILOH is that rare reggae album that bears repeated listening. Buju's hard core fans get plenty of raw drum and bass on cuts like "Champion" and "Only Man," but a strummed acoustic guitar and Banton's rich voice are more than enough to send "Untold Stories" to higher heights. Stars come and go in the dance hall, but seldom have hitmakers of Buju's stature transcended their own successes to truly grow and evolve. It is a sight to behold and a joyful noise not to be missed.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
1993's Voice of Jamaica was a stellar set, an aural collage of the island, with its swirl of diverse styles, sounds and themes. Bringing dancehall to the wider world, that album was a revelation, and to attempt to better it would have been futile. And so, Buju Banton didn't try, instead he moved in a new direction. After the completion of Voice of Jamaica, two of the Banton's friends were killed; their murders prompting him to re-evaluate his own life, leading to his conversion to Rastafarianism, and bringing to an end his glorification of the gun. These life-changing events are reflected throughout much of 'Til Shiloh, which proves a much more introspective set than anything heard from Banton before. This is most evident on the haunting sufferer's song "Untold Stories," as Banton reflects on the world around him, beautifully accompanied by a gentle rhythm and Glen Browne's evocative acoustic guitar. But Jah now sustains him, prompting the artist to open the album with the brief a cappella psalm, "Shiloh," then launching into "Til I'm Laid to Rest," which revisits the sufferer's theme, but intertwines it with an homage to Africa and his faith in the promised land. Still, Banton has not yet found peace, and his inner turmoil is at its rawest on "Murderer." Written in the aftermath of the aforementioned killings, Banton struggles with his grief and fierce desire for vengeance; all else pales before this most emotionally powerful of songs. It's "Not an Easy Road," as Banton vividly relates on that song, and he has been left vulnerable. Still, he opens his soul on "Wanna Be Loved," and exposes his loneliness on "What Ya Gonna Do" joined by Wayne Wonder. "Complaint" has Banton toasting over this fabulous Garnett Silk number, praising Jah and scattering the heathens before him. "Chuck It So" takes a similar stance, as Banton takes on a Big Man, with the 2 Friends Crew sweetening his ferocious assault. It's a heavy-hitting album, with only "Hush Baby Hush," a jubilant version of the 1960 classic "Stay," adding a lighter note to the proceedings. Musically, however, this is a gentler album than its predecessor, although still very much in a dancehall style. Another masterpiece.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/1995
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731452411921
catalogNumber:
524119

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Myrie   Primary Artist
Dave Kelly   Drums
Wayne Wonder   Track Performer
Garnett Silk   Track Performer
Two Friends Crew   Background Vocals,Group
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Drums
Danny Browne   Multi Instruments
Dalton Browne   Acoustic Guitar
Glen Browne   Acoustic Guitar
Junior Chin   Trumpet
Clevie   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
Leroy Mafia   Keyboards,Multi Instruments
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Steely   Bass,Keyboards
Handel Tucker   Drums,Keyboards
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis   Guitar,Keyboards
Junior "Left Toe" Don   Bass
Sleely   Bass,Keyboards
Dave Fluxy   Drums
Twiggy   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Kelly   Producer,Engineer
Mark Myrie   Producer
Carlton Batts   Mastering
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Producer
Clevie   Producer
Lisa Cortes   Executive Producer
Bobby Digital   Producer,Engineer
Donovan Germain   Producer,Executive Producer
Sylvester Gordon   Producer,Engineer
Steely   Producer
Gary Sutherland   Engineer
Andrew Thomas   Engineer
Andre "Dreddy Ranks" Tyrell   Producer,Engineer
Sleely   Producer
Mikey Williamson   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Remixing
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Geoffroy de Boismenu   Back Cover
Clive Allen   Cover Photo
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Lily Salinas   Tape Research
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon   Remixing

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