Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey - Review
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After two albums for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One label, the vocal trio of Winston Rodney (30, lead vocals), Delroy Hines (tenor harmony vocals) and Rupert Willington (bass harmony vocals) teamed up with Ocho Rios sound system operator Lawrence “Jack Ruby” Lindo for their ground-breaking third long-player, “Marcus Garvey”, a straight-ahead say-it-loud we’re black and we’re proud statement of intent that took no prisoners. The relentless mantra is intoxicating, and is especially strong at the beginning with “Marcus Garvey”, “Slavery Days and “The Invasion”, before coming strongly again at the finish with “Red, Gold & Green” and “Resting Place”. Little wonder the Rastafari movement was gaining momentum at this time. The Black Disciples are excellent throughout – this is a big production, high quality affair with a football team’s worth of contributors providing a backing which is rich with horn and woodwind, as well as having a killer drum n bass backline. In amongst the famous line up are: Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Aston “Family Man” Barrett (bass), Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace (drums) and Bobby Ellis (trumpet). As a whole, these positive vibrations are simply irresistible.

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