Jacob Miller – False Rasta (1975)

“A deeply dread song deserves the heaviest and most atmospheric of rhythms, and ‘False Rasta’ boasts one of the most militant around. The bass line can barely heave itself off the ground so weighty is its throb, the organ swoops ominously through the air, the melodica haunts the grooves, while the riffs sear the wax. Only producer Augustus Pablo’s pretty piano lines stops the rhythm from sinking into the earth. Pablo’s arrangement plays straight to the heart of Jacob Miller’s impassioned affirmation of dreadness. Its title is deceptive however, and doesn’t actually address false rastas at all, but instead is an inspired indictment of those that judge solely on appearance, turning their backs on their Rasta brethren.”

YouTube: False Rasta


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