Liberation: The Island Anthology

Liberation: The Island Anthology

by Black Uhuru

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Overview

Liberation: The Island Anthology

During the band's heyday in the late '70s and early '80s, Black Uhuru was one of the most unique and influential reggae bands in the world. This was partly due to their distinctive vocal sound -- which was dominated by the keening wail of Michael Rose and the haunting harmonies of American expatriate Puma Jones -- but in large part it was also due to their backing band, which was led by the legendary drum-and-bass duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and was one of the few that could challenge the Wailers in terms of telepathic tightness and sheer rhythmic wallop. Liberation goes one better than most retrospective compilations: instead of simply collecting two discs' worth of previously released singles and selected album tracks, it takes familiar songs (such as the anthemic "I Love King Selassie" and the apocalyptic "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner") and presents them in live versions, early mixes, 12" "showcase" versions (wherein the dub mix follows without a break on the heels of the vocal mix), and more. Little of this material is actually rare, and a good chunk of it actually does consist of standard singles and album tracks. But the rarities are plentiful enough to please fans, while the two-disc program is comprehensive enough to serve as a fine overview for beginners. Highlights abound, but they particularly include the showcase version of "Darkness" and the 12" mix of "Sponji Reggae." Excellent.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1993
Label: Island
UPC: 0731451828225
catalogNumber: 518282
Rank: 58314

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Black Uhuru   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Synthesizer,Vocoder
Bernie Worrell   Clavinet
Barry Reynolds   Guitar
Ansel Collins   Piano,Keyboards
Jimmy Becker   Harmonica
Radcliffe Bryan   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Chico Chin   Trumpet
Mikey Chung   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Drums,Syndrum
Copeland Forbes   Master of Ceremonies
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Sky Juice   Percussion
Willie Lindo   Guitar
Robert Lyn   Piano,Keyboards
David Madden   Trumpet
Nambo Robinson   Trombone
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Piano
Keith Sterling   Piano,Keyboards
Darryl Thompson   Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Franklyn Waul   Keyboards
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Black Uhuru   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Executive Producer
Sly Dunbar   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Remixing
Bill Levenson   Executive Producer
Robbie Shakespeare   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Remixing
Derrick Simpson   Composer
Steven Stanley   Producer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Trevor Wyatt   Executive Producer
Lister Hewan Lowe   Executive Producer
Tom Terrell   Liner Notes
Paul "Groucho" Smykle   Contributor,Dub Mixing

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