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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2001
Blood and Fire has been re-issuing old essential reggae music on CD for quite some time now. They did good releasing this album as well. Actually, this CD is a combination of two albums, the vocals and the dubs for Horace Andy's In the Light. Both albums are equally essential. Horace's beautifull voice is known from his works with the Trip Hop group Massive Attack. On this CD you can hear where he is coming from: Horace Andy singing over classical roots reggae. Especially because every song gets accompanied by it's dub version, I think you will enjoy each and every one of these tracks. Real gems are "Government Land", "Leave Rasta" and "Rome".
As much as this album is Horace Andy, it is Prince Jammy as well. The dubs from In The Light are mixed by the Great Prince (now: King) Jammy, King Tubby's protegee. You can hear Tubby's pupil just before he started to have his own label. Killer dubs that certainly belongs in every dub-collector who takes him or herself serious. Jammy remixes the vocals of In the Light in such a manner, that they are absolutely different than the vocals. You can play these versions apart from the vocals, and they will stay interesting, also if you're not such a big dubhead like me.
Needless to say, as it is with every Blood and Fire release, this CD comes with very nice artwork and a lot of information written by Steve Barrow, who can be considered a living reggae encyclopedia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2000
This is Horace Andy's best cd in my opinion. This is also one of the most acclaimed albums by reggae listeners and rightfuly so. Horace Andy has one of the most distinctive voices in music. Every song is great. Also each song comes with a DUB which is nice also. Bottom line is if your a reggae fan and you dont have this shame on you!
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on August 18, 2001
Get this album. Horace Andy is, in my opinion, one of the best voices in reggae. "In the Light", is one of my favorite songs that we can all learn a lesson from. Don't judge from what you have heard because it is, most likely, has a bias behind it. See for yourself; you may be suprised how much good is around you.
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on June 11, 2007
2 lp's on 1 cd. The 1st is the great In The Light vocal album. The 2nd is the stupid-rare dub version. The dubs by Prince Jammy are worth way more than the price of this set alone.
Another fantastic value from one of the best reissue labels out there.
Quit reading and start buying.
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on September 24, 2001
This is just one of those reggae albums that incorporates all of the elements that make reggae such a great form of music: Solid riddims, sweet vocals, catchy hooks, and wicked dub versions. This album is as close to perfect as you can get.
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on February 5, 2004
the dubs on this album are jaw droppers.
problems dub is the sickest dub cut. period.
no ifs, ands ,or buts.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2002
While I don't don this CD as the "best" of Horace Andy, it offers a variety of Andy's style and charisma. I found many of the rhythms to be a bit bland, while some of the stand out cuts, are Government Land, Leave Rasta, and Rome. The Dubs are cut nicely, but it is obvious Tubby is not on the controls. Jammy does a good job, but leaves me still wanting more from the dub side.
In The Light is listenable and an essential album to have, but Horace Andy has many more essential tunes that I think could have covered this album better.
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