Red [Bonus Tracks]

Red [Bonus Tracks]

by Black Uhuru

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Red [Bonus Tracks]

The sophomore release from the third and most successful incarnation of Black Uhuru (singers Don Carlos, Erroll "Jay" Wilson, and Rudolph "Garth" Dennis had come before), Red spotlights the singing talents of then-rising star Michael Rose, American-born Sandra "Puma" Jones, and original member Derrick "Duckie" Simpson. Backed by the tight and dancehall-era defining Sly & Robbie band, the trio reels off eight high-quality reggae cuts here, including classics like "Youth of Eglington" and "Sponji Reggae." Filled with Rose's astute lyrics, the album provides an engaging blend of steppers rhythms and social commentary. Sly & Robbie's ingenious mix of sophisticated roots reggae and a variety of modern touches (synthesizers, electronic drums) not only brought Black Uhuru widespread fame but, along with Henry "Junjo" Lawes and Prince Jammy's contemporary productions, also helped define the slicked-up last stand of roots rhythms in the first half of the '80s, while foreshadowing reggae's coming digital age. A very enjoyable listen, recommended along with other fine offerings by the band like Chill Out and the Grammy-winning Anthem. (The 2003 reissue augments the original release with liner notes by David Katz and the addition of the two tracks from the 12" single released by Island in August 1981, two months after the album appeared, a ten-and-a-half-minute "Disco Mix" of "Sponji Reggae" and "Trodding," which is a dub version of the album track "Journey.")

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
Label: Island
UPC: 0044006362922
catalogNumber: 000076602
Rank: 37836

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Black Uhuru   Primary Artist
Barry Reynolds   Guitar
Dougie Bryan   Guitar
Mikey Chung   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Drums,Syndrum
Robert Lyn   Piano
Robbie Shakespeare   Piano,Bass Guitar
Keith Sterling   Piano
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Blackwell   Executive Producer,Remixing
David Katz   Liner Notes
Sly Dunbar   Producer,Remixing
Godwin Logie   Remixing
Maxie   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Robbie Shakespeare   Producer,Remixing
Derrick Simpson   Composer
Solgie   Engineer
Kendal Stubbs   Engineer,overdub engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
M. Rose   Composer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Jane Hitchin   Tape Research
David Lascelles   Tape Research
Zoe Roberts   Tape Research
Ruth McLeod   Costume Design,Clothing Design
Bruno   Cover Design
Anthony "Soljie" Hamilton   Engineer

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