Bass Culture

Bass Culture

by Linton Kwesi Johnson


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I remember at the time of its release that many reviewers considered Bass Culture a slight disappointment because it didn't reach the highs of Forces of Victory. Granted, following up a record as great as Forces of Victory is no easy task, but all these years later I wonder what were people thinking. Bass Culture is tremendous, another successful collaboration between Johnson and Bovell with songs that are, at times, even more confrontational (e.g., "Inglan is a Bitch") than anything he had previously recorded. I will admit that the Dub Band sounds better on Forces of Victory, but Johnson is hitting his stride at the time of this release and experimenting with song structure and lyrics a little more (i.e., not everything is explicitly political here). Still, I defy anyone to come up with a reason to not own this record. An extra added bonus is John Kpiaye's great guitar playing.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/27/1990
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0042284657624
catalogNumber: 8465762
Rank: 65098

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linton Kwesi Johnson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Vivian Weathers   Bass
Dennis Bovell   Keyboards
Clifton Bailey   Percussion
Jah Bunny   Percussion,Drums
Winston Curniffe   Drums
Dick Cuthell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
James Danton   Alto Saxophone
Julio Finn   Harmonica
Everald Forrest   Percussion
Webster Johnson   Keyboards
John Kpiaye   Guitar
Floyd Lawson   Bass
Patrick Tenyue   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Buttons Henry Tenyve   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Linton Kwesi Johnson   Producer
Dennis Bovell   Engineer
Dennis Morris   Concept
Blackbeard   Producer
John Caffrey   Engineer
Mark Lusardy   Engineer

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