- 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 (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Marcus Garvey Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.Published on August 9, 2012 by tmarvis
Listen for the drumming provided to you by Horsemouse. His "riddims" are far more superior to most during this time frame. Read morePublished on June 5, 2007 by R. T. Fells
I bought this CD because I've always seen it near the top of lists of the greatest Reggae albums. I've given it many listens but I'm afraid I just don't get it. Read morePublished on November 20, 2004 by William Scalzo