Forces: 1977-1982

Forces: 1977-1982

by The Terrorists


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Forces: 1977-1982

In the late '70s and early '80s, the legendary reggae producer Lee "Scratch" Perry left his longtime studio band, the Upsetters, behind and traveled extensively in the U.S. and U.K., hooking up with various ensembles for brief (and often tumultuous) periods. He forged one such brief partnership with a white New York punk-reggae band called the Terrorists; their project produced a number of live performances and one 12" single, both sides of which are presented here: "Love Is Better" and " Guerrilla Priest" (a dub version featuring typically disjointed toasting by Perry). The rest of the band's work collected here is of uneven quality, though it is sometimes inspired. There are some excellent examples of homespun dub, such as "Anittoo" and the Clash-influenced "Drainidge." There is also an interesting rendition of the roots classic "Fade Away," about which the best that can be said is that Ray de Angel is no worse a singer than Ari Up. Ska legend Roland Alphonso guests on saxophone on several tracks, but is frankly not at his best. Overall, this is a useful document of an important punk-reggae phenomenon, but not necessarily an essential purchase for most reggae fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2001
Label: Roir
UPC: 0053436827727
catalogNumber: 8277

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terrorists   Primary Artist
Roland Alphonso   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Clancey Morales   Percussion
Janice Pendarvis   Harmony
Douglas Guthrie   Tenor Saxophone
dB   Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Choir, Chorus
George Arevalo   Rhythm Guitar
Dro   screams
Dro   Percussion,Drums,Voices,Choir, Chorus,Harmony

Technical Credits

John Holt   Composer
Art Harris   Composer
Roy Head   Composer
Leroy Sibbles   Composer
Roland Alphonso   Composer
Terrorists   Producer
Keith Anderson   Composer
Howard Barrett   Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
Albert Griffiths   Composer
Gene Kurtz   Composer
Andi Ostrowe   Engineer
Victor Venegas   Composer
Delroy Wilson   Composer
Neil Cooper   Liner Notes
dB   Producer
Tyrone Evans   Composer
Paul Wyckliffe   Engineer
Dro   Producer,Engineer
Fred Jay   Composer

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