Farover [Bonus Tracks]

Farover [Bonus Tracks]

by Burning Spear


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Farover [Bonus Tracks]

The momentum Burning Spear had built up with their American releases on the Island Records subsidiary Mango in the mid-'70s, particularly 1975's Marcus Garvey, was dissipated later in the decade and in the early '80s when the band left Island and recorded on their own or for British EMI, with the albums Social Living (aka Marcus Children) and Hail H.I.M. not earning stateside release. But in 1982, the year after Bob Marley's death, Heartbeat Records leased Burning Spear's next album, Farover, giving Winston Rodney and company their first American issue since 1978's Live. If Heartbeat was hoping Burning Spear would be able to take up the cause of reggae internationally in Marley's place, it was bound to be disappointed. Rodney shared Marley's concerns, particularly the pan-Africanism he expressed in the first three tracks -- "Farover," "Greetings," and the paean to Garvey, "Image" -- as well as the commitment to Rastafarianism evident in the last three, "The Message," "Oh Jah," and "Jah Is My Driver." And he could also take time out to consider the joys of dancing ("Rock") and the challenges of romance ("She's Mine"), even if he was doing so by remaking old songs from his days at Studio One. But Rodney's increasingly smooth vocal style and the laid-back musical tracks (played by Wailers alumnus Aston "Family Man" Barrett, among others), while emotive, lacked Marley's fervor and didn't even stand up to his own Mango recordings. He was still good enough to address reggae's existing audience, but not to expand that audience in the way that Marley had sought to. In 2002, EMI/Capitol reissued Farover with two bonus tracks, typical dub remixes of "Farover" and "Jah Is My Driver," and liner notes by Roger Steffens in which Rodney explained his inspiration for the songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2002
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724353597924
catalogNumber: 35979
Rank: 130800

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Burning Spear   Primary Artist
Aston Barrett   Organ,Bass,Clavinet
Anthony Bradshaw   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals
Devon Bradshaw   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Ellis   Percussion,Horn
Richard G. Johnson   Synthesizer,Piano,Clavinet
Nelson Miller   Drums,Octoban
Herman Marquis   Horn
Winston Rodney   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Wilson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Errol Brown   Engineer
Neville Garrick   Original Cover Artwork
Errol Brown   Composer

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