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Bunny Wailer – Rock’n’Groove (1981)

Posted in Bunny Wailer, Channel One, Dancehall, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar with tags , , on April 5, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Bunny Wailer - 1981 - Rock N Groove      [Solomonic LP F
“A big hit among reggae enthusiasts on its first release in 1981, this collection of rerecorded classics (‘Another Dance’), early dancehall (‘Dance Ha Fi Gwan’), and irresistible originals (‘Ball Room Floor,’ ‘Dance Rock’), features the former Wailer at his conscious, rootsy best. This re-released set includes additional tracks and liner notes from Bunny Wailer himself.”

YouTube: Rock’n’Groove, Dance Rock, Roots Man Skanking, Another Dance, Ballroom Floor, Dance Ha Fi Gwan, Cool Runnings, Specialist

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Catch a Fire (1973)

Posted in Bob Marley and the Wailers, Bunny Wailer, Muscle Shoals, Sly Dunbar, Tommy McCook with tags , , , , on December 15, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

Catch a Fire was the major label debut for Bob Marley and the Wailers, and it was an international success upon its release in 1973. Although Bob Marley may have been the main voice, every member of the Wailers made valuable contributions and they were never more united in their vision and sound. All the songs were originals, and the instrumentation was minimalistic in order to bring out the passionate, often politically charged lyrics. Much of the appeal of the album lies in its sincerity and sense of purpose — these are streetwise yet disarmingly idealistic young men who look around themselves and believe they might help change the world through music. Marley sings about the current state of urban poverty (‘Concrete Jungle’) and connects the present to past injustices (‘Slave Driver’), but he is a not a one-trick pony. He is a versatile songwriter who also excels at singing love songs such as his classic ‘Stir It Up.’ Peter Tosh sings the lead vocal on two of his own compositions — his powerful presence and immense talent hint that he would eventually leave for his own successful solo career. More than anything else, however, this marks the emergence of Bob Marley and the international debut of reggae music. Marley would continue to achieve great critical and commercial success during the 1970s, but Catch a Fire is one of the finest reggae albums ever. This album is essential for any music collection.”

Catch a Fire, released on 13 April 1973, is the fifth album by Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, and the first the band released on Island Records. After touring and recording in the United Kingdom with Johnny Nash, Nash’s departure to the United States left the band without enough money to return home; they approached producer Chris Blackwell, who agreed to advance the Wailers money for an album and paid their fares back to Jamaica, where they recorded Catch a Fire. The album features nine songs, two of which were written by Peter Tosh and the rest by Bob Marley. After Marley’s return to London to present the tapes to Blackwell, the producer reworked the tracks with contributions by Muscle Shoals session musician Wayne Perkins, who played guitar on two overdubbed tracks. …”

YouTube: Concrete Jungle, Stir it up

YouTube: Catch a Fire 1999 part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6

Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man (1976)

Posted in Bob Marley and the Wailers, Bunny Wailer, Dub, Marcus Garvey, Rastafarians with tags , , , , on March 29, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“After leaving the Wailers behind, Bunny Wailer (born Neville Livingston) wasted no time establishing himself as a highly original and visionary singer and songwriter on his own. His solo debut remains one of the most extraordinary albums of the roots period, a complex but instantly attractive and occasionally heartbreaking record that never rises above a whisper in tone but packs as much political and spiritual wallop as the best of Bob Marley’s work. Critics have been praising this album for more than 25 years, and they generally (and quite rightly) focus on the quality of such songs as the quietly ferocious ‘Fighting Against Conviction’ (aka ‘Battering Down Sentence’), the classic repatriation anthem ‘Dreamland,’ and the apocalyptic ‘Amagideon,’ but the song that pulls you into Bunny Wailer’s magical web of mystical Rastafarianism is the first one, in which Wailer recalls being warned by his mother to avoid Rastas (‘even the lions fear him’) and then describes his eventual conversion, all in a tone of infinite gentleness and sadness at the hardhearted blindness of Babylon. Are there missteps? Maybe one or two: The bluesy ‘Oppressed Song’ never quite gets off the ground, for example. But taken as a whole, Blackheart Man is an astounding achievement by an artist who was, at the time, only at the beginning of what would be a distinguished career.”

“… The songs on the album are regarded as the finest written by Bunny Wailer, and explore themes such as repatriation (‘Dreamland’), and his arrest for marijuana possession (‘Fighting Against Conviction’, originally titled ‘Battering Down Sentence’). The album features some of Jamaica’s leading musicians and also contributions from Bob Marley and Peter Tosh of The Wailers on backing vocals, and the Wailers rhythm section of Carlton and Aston Barrett on some of the tracks. The high quality of the songs and musicians makes Blackheart Man one of the greatest reggae albums of all time.”

YouTube: Blackheart man, Fighting Against Conviction, The Oppressed Song, Dreamland, Rasta Man, This Train

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