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Marcus Garvey Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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Some artists transcend the need for award, but are nonetheless deserving of decades of accolade. Burning Spear is such an artist. A music-maker, community icon, educator, spiritual uplifter; Burning Spear’s importance to culture existed before media spotlight, and has only grown since.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Palm Pictures (Audio
  • ASIN: B00009ATJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For anyone exploring roots reggae, this is an absolute must album.
Robert Stoll
It is one of the only albums I have ever bought that is perfect at calming the nerves enough to accomplish ridiculous tasks like doing taxes.
robbieandrose
This is the definition of an album in which the sum is greater than the parts.
Mike Rhakabit

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Channon on February 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Some argue that the reputation of this release rests on the fact that it was created by the first Jamaican artist other than Bob Marley to compose songs that were written specifically for an album. Before Marley, Jamaican artists didn't have "albums" as a rule. If a singer had enough popular singles they might be rereleased together on an entire record later, but albums were rarley made.

The difference with Burning Spear (Winston Rodney and his back-up singers, Rupert Willington and Delroy Hinds) was that the strength of his music was never with singles. A Burning Spear song by itself didn't mean as much until you put it in a group of Burning Spear songs. It was with albums that Spear would gain his popularity and here was his first big breakthrough. It was a huge success in Jamaica and afterwords, Spear was signed up with Island Records until he gradually reached international fame.

This album may not be for everyone. The music is jerky and old sounding. The tracks are short and often repetitive. But there's something ethereally timeless about this set. The music seems to transcend space and time to make us beleive that it's always been there. As if Winston Rodney brought it with him from his premortal existance to be shared with the world in our present day. Perhaps I was going through a transitional period in my life when I first heard it, but anything Rodney ever did afterword (even if it was just as good or better) would never feel like this. It is truly a unique masterpiece.

P.S. The accompanying band, "The Black Desciples" also deserves mention in helping Burning Spear accomplish this unequaled acheivement.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stoll on January 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ever purchase an album, listen to it, and get totally blown away? For anyone exploring roots reggae, this is an absolute must album. Marcus Garvey embodies everything that roots reggae represents: great beats and powerful lyrics. Buring Spear created many fine albums, but this one is a statement. This is one of my top five albums of all time - no matter the genre.

I would also suggest The Congos "Heart of the Congos" as another must-have roots album. One of producer Lee "Scratch" Perry's finest works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Rhakabit on May 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
That's how to describe this. An Album. In an era where lowest common denominator junk gets played on the radio, and anyone can review any piece of garbage on Amazon, giving it 4 or 5 stars when it deserves 1 or 2, this is a great change. Granted it's some 30 years old, but it's still as relevant today as it was when it was released, which is just one of the great things about it. This is the definition of an album in which the sum is greater than the parts. Thankfully, far greater. As individual songs, the 2 chord deals doesn't work out real well. They seem boring, repetitive, etc. However, when you listen to it from start to finish, they flow together, and blow you away. From start to finish, you feel revitalised, like you just learned a new life lesson, that maybe in the end, it truly is feeling that counts, and that is the essence of great music.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Winder on December 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
i happen to think that part of this album's greatness lies in the fact that it is not bob marley or jimmy cliff (not to knock these amazing artists, just to point out difference). the rhythms, song structures, and singing style are a real departure from pop/r&b/soul song structures that are found elsewhere among reggae's superstars. also, the horns on this album are superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The on October 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the quintessential reggae album. This is the epitome of roots reggae and it is so heartfelt and genuine. There is not a song on this recording that lacks inspiration or that can't transport you to a different world. What else can I say? A must own! The 100th Anniversary with Gharvey's Ghost Dubs is even one step better!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robbieandrose on February 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to this CD probably close to 1000 times. It is one of the only albums I have ever bought that is perfect at calming the nerves enough to accomplish ridiculous tasks like doing taxes. THIS CD HAS HEALING PROPERTIES. How many records can that be said about? This is close to a perfect record. I prefer it to Marley, Peter Tosh or any other of the 80s reggae icons.
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By Jessica M Wamsley on April 2, 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
As a true fan of Burning Spear, Marcus Garvery is a classic. Album was made in '74 and a must have for any Burning Spear fan. Though I would love to see '75's Rocking Time.... Nice vinyl pressing.
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By tmarvis on August 9, 2012
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
this is one of the top reggae albums ever made. it's second to none. history, storytelling and religion well balanced in the lyrics. the sound is AMAZING, specially on vinyl.
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