Linton Kwesi Johnson – Independant Intavenshan: The Island Anthology (1998)

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“Between 1979 and 1984, Linton Kwesi Johnson unleashed four seminal albums on the Island label — Forces of Victory, Bass Culture, LKJ in Dub, and Making History. This compilation draws crucial tracks from all four sets, as well songs off 12″ singles. 1979’s Forces and 1980’s Bass are heavily represented, with their superb companion dubs appearing immediately after the vocal tracks. During these years Johnson’s sound evolved, shifting from militant roots through an experimental period and finally toward a jazzier style, and with the set arranged in chronological order, listeners are able to note this musical transformation for themselves. Of course, there was a sizeable shift in sound between Johnson’s debut album Dread Beat an’ Blood and Forces with the inclusion of brass and fuller musical arrangements. …”
allmusic

YouTube: Independant Intavenshan, Reality Poem, Forces of vicktry, Sonny’s Lettah, Bass Culture, Di Black Petty Booshwah [12” Version]

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