Burning Spear Marcus Garvey / Garvey's Ghost
- Released: November 1, 1990
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Imports
The Wire - 6/00, p.62"...At once militant, joyous and devotional, MARCUS GARVEY busts out of the reggae genre....coupled with its dub companion...the dub set remains essential...making up the greatest ever roots reggae album."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1145 stars out of 5 -- "This is definitive roots: amid the dancing horns and molten rhythms, Spear mournfully declaims Rasta parables..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 8/02, p.77Included in Mojo's 50 Greatest Reggae Albums - "...Outstanding melodies, trilling flutes and, above all, Winston Rodney's Garveyite quest for African repatriation grip the heart throughout..."
NME (Magazine) - 9/18/93, p.19Ranked #47 in NME's list of The Greatest Albums Of The '70s.
- 1.Marcus Garvey
- 2.Slavery Days
- 3.The Invasion
- 4.Live Good
- 5.Give Me
- 6.Old Marcus Garvey
- 8.Jordan River
- 9.Red, Gold and Green
- 10.Resting Place
- 11.The Ghost
- 12.I and I Survive
- 13.Black Wadada
- 14.John Burns Skank
- 15.Brain Food
- 16.Farther East of Jack
- 17.2000 Years
- 18.Dread River
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Marcus Garvey's birth, this album was re-released under the title 100TH ANNIVERSARY.
Burning Spear: Winston Rodney, Delroy Hines, Rupert Willington.
Additional personnel: Earl "Chinna" Smith, Valentine "Tony" Chin (guitar); Carlton "Sam" Samuels (flute); Herman Marquis (alto saxophone); Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall (tenor saxophone); Bobby Ellis (trumpet); Vincent "Trommie" Gordon (trombone); Bernard "Touter" Harvey (piano, organ, clavinet); Tyrone "Organ D" Downie (piano, organ); Robert "Rabbi" Shakespeare, Aston "Family Man" Barrett (bass); Leroy "Horse" Wallace (drums).
Engineers: Errol Thompson, George Philpott.
Personnel: Earl "Chinna" Smith , Tony Chin (guitar); Sam Samuels, Carlton Samuels (flute); Herman Marquis (alto saxophone); Dirty Harry Hall (tenor saxophone); Bobby Ellis (trumpet); Vin Gordon (trombone); Bernard "Touter" Harvey (piano, Clavinet, organ, keyboards); Tyrone "Organ D" Bownie (piano, organ); Tyrone Downie (keyboards); Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace (drums).
Recording information: Randy's Studio 17, Kingston, Jamacia.
Photographer: Dennis Morris .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Delroy Hines; Rupert Willington.
Arranger: Winston Rodney.
One of the most distinctive and original talents in the history of Reggae, Burning Spear--ne Winston Rodney--was launched internationally with this striking album. His deep, preaching vocal is immediately arresting, a characteristic enhanced by a dense and brooding accompaniment. Taking cues from Rastafarian chants, Spear subtly builds an intensity, locking each track into a seamless whole. His knowledge of black history brings a chilling realism to the album's lyrics, resulting in what is incontestably a milestone in the development of reggae. Listening to it is an education itself. The CD reissue has the bonus of the dub version GARVEY'S GHOST.
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