'Til Shiloh [Expanded]

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Barnes & Noble - Rob Kenner
Sometimes a single record can change everything, setting off larger artistic ripples than its creator ever could have predicted. This 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. Til 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Rob Kenner
Sometimes a single record can change everything, setting off larger artistic ripples than its creator ever could have predicted. This 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. Til 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.
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, the 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," but 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: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731458685425
  • Catalog Number: 586854
  • Sales rank: 28,654

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shiloh (0:20)
  2. 2 'Til I'm Laid to Rest (4:24)
  3. 3 Murderer (3:56)
  4. 4 Champion (3:59)
  5. 5 Untold Stories (4:36)
  6. 6 Not an Easy Road (4:01)
  7. 7 Only Man (2:51)
  8. 8 Complaint (4:01)
  9. 9 Chuck It So (3:57)
  10. 10 How Could You (3:56)
  11. 11 Wanna Be Loved (4:05)
  12. 12 It's All Over (4:05)
  13. 13 Hush Baby Hush (4:21)
  14. 14 What Ya Gonna Do? (3:43)
  15. 15 Rampage (3:45)
  16. 16 Sensemilia Persecution (4:03)
  17. 17 Champion (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buju Banton Primary Artist
Dave Kelly Drums
Garnett Silk Track Performer
2 Friends Crew Background Vocals
Dalton Browne Guitar
Glen Browne Acoustic Guitar
Junior Chin Trumpet
Clevie Drums
Sly Dunbar Drums
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Marcia Griffiths Background Vocals
Leroy Mafia Keyboards
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Steely Bass, Keyboards
Handel Tucker Drums, Keyboards
Andre "Dreddy Ranks" Tyrell Drums
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Keyboards
Junior "Left Toe" Don Bass
Dave Fluxy Drums
Technical Credits
Dave Kelly Producer, Engineer
Buju Banton Producer, Composer
Carlton Batts Mastering
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
Mikey Williamson Engineer
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander Remixing
Clive Allen Cover Photo
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon Remixing
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