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Bass Culture


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  • Audio CD (August 21, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mango
  • ASIN: B000003QHM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Linton Kwesi Johnson's aptly titled sophomore Island release finds the poet typically terse in expression and taut in flow. With his poetic skills honed by experience, he wisely invites the listener to draw on his empathy and fill in his own antiromantic details in this sonic portrait of displaced black lives "inna foreign." Less a scream of rage and more a stew of simmering resentment, poems like "Inglan is a Bitch" extract humor from what is, after all, "noh funny." LKJ's savaging of "Di Black Petty Booshwah" is balanced by the love moment in "Loraine," a delicately wistful anecdote of missed opportunity. In "Reggae Sounds" and the title track, Bovell and LKJ celebrate riddim culture's "word plus sound equals power" formula, elucidating the links between core-of-the-earth bass lines and a people's grinding struggle. --Elena Oumano

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dom r. on December 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I only like my reggae very slow and heavy and Bass Culture and his other album Dread Beat An'Blood are the slowest, heaviest reggae albums I ever heard. And his sad-like and very oppressed slow poetry talking-vocals go perfectly well with the slow and very low bass frequencies,drumming and raw guitar rhythmns. It really can't get better or more hardcore then these 2 releases in reggae music although early Lee Scratch Perry with The Upsetters or early I Roy may be similar but Bass Culture and Dread Beat An'Blood sounds more sad,slow and heavy with the slowest type of vocals I ever heard. Really, over the many years I never found 2 other reggae albums as hardcore,slow,oppressed and heavy as these 2 masterpieces. In fact I am so much into the slow and heavy sounds I actually play these 2 cds at negative 12% pitch with maximun bass played on a 500 watt reciever to make them even sound more slower and heavier then they already are. NOW where are the other reggae artists who sound as heavy and slow or even heavier and slower than these 2 albums since 1978 and 1980? I don't know of any other, WHAT A SHAME. It seems these 2 reggae albums are quite ahead of their time as I still see no other releases from other reggae artists that can greatly compare to them even at 2010. Maby by year 2020?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian R. Bruce on November 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Johnson is a "dub poet", so don't expect the lilting sweetness of much popular reggae - his songs come with a message, and his lyrics transcend the genre.
That said, this is a wonderful album filled with great songs that still sound fresh and relevant 25 years later. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nom-de-nick on August 15, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
One of the essential albums for anyone who's into reggae. Period.
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