Truth and Rights, Observer Style

Truth and Rights, Observer Style

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Overview

Truth and Rights, Observer Style

This powerful compilation of mid-1970s roots reggae stands as one of the finest collections available in this genre. Winston "Niney" Holness (also nicknamed "The Observer") produced all of these tracks during the classical period of roots reggae, when the sound was dark and dread and cultural
eligious themes were the rule. Niney was almost as good a singer as he was a producer -- listen to his inspired performance (supported nicely by the Heptones) on "Hail I" and the apocalyptic "Mutiny (Confusion in a Babylon)." Other top artists include Johnny Clarke, who turns a vintage Augustus Pablo rhythm into the militant "Warrior," and the legendary Delroy Wilson, whose "False Rasta" is one of the album's highlights. Lee "Scratch" Perry weighs in with his typical intense weirdness on "When Jah Speak" ("When Jah speak, all men QUIET!," he thunders). The rest of the roster is like a who's who of classic reggae: Jacob Miller, Michael Rose, Dennis Brown, Big Youth, etc. It's curious that the program includes Big Youth's deejay version of Niney's epochal "Blood and Fire" and an instrumental version courtesy of the Observer All-Stars, and yet Niney's original version is missing. No matter; this is still an essential reggae document.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/1994
Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
UPC: 0011661757820
catalogNumber: 617578

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Youth   Track Performer
Dennis Brown   Track Performer
Johnny Clarke   Track Performer
Junior Delgado   Track Performer
Heptones   Track Performer
Observer All Stars   Track Performer
Jacob Miller   Track Performer
Tony Chin   Rhythm Guitar
Santa Davis   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums
George Fullwood   Bass
Freddie McGregor   Track Performer
Niney the Observer   Track Performer
Augustus Pablo   Melodica
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Track Performer
Michael Rose   Track Performer
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Keith Sterling   Keyboards
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Delroy Wilson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bunny Tom Tom   Engineer
Carlton Lee   Engineer
Maxie   Engineer
Niney the Observer   Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Engineer
Errol Thompson   Engineer
Chris Wilson   Liner Notes
Chris Wilson   Liner Notes

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