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Marcus Garvey / Garvey's Ghost [Import]

Burning SpearAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B00002635E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Out of print in the U.S.! Though it was his third album, Marcus Garvey, originally released in 1975, was a pivotal release for Reggae great Burning Spear (AKA Winston Rodney). Not only did this album introduce Burning Spear to a wider audience, it solidified his long-standing position as one of the true original talents in the Reggae field. Universal.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A world class visionary poet. August 25, 2000
By DJ Rix
Format:Audio CD
"And it's like a bell, when you say Burning Spear. And it's like a light, when you say Burning Spear. It's like a cool breeze, when you say Burning Spear. It's like the sunshine, when you say Burning Spear. Yunno, it's a total outstanding atmosphere, when you say Burning Spear." Winston Rodney
I purchased Marcus Garvey when it was first released - knowing next to nothing about reggae - on the basis of a rather mysterious magazine review. After I'd played the album just once, I knew that a world class visionary poet was in my home. The songs owed little to the Jamaican pop current at the time. They were dread, slower, trance-like. Spear's politics rose above the violence & intrigue of Island elections, even transcending Rastafarian belief to achieve a universal spirituality. Burning Spear pleaded for the Lion to lay down with the Lamb. Every befouled river is the suffering Jordan. Any gun fired in senseless anger is an affront to the Creator Spirit. Slavery is an ever-present state-of-the-soul. Marcus Garvey is every great liberator. Without peace, no man or woman truly has a home. Only Bob Marley matched Burning Spear's poetry. Over the course of four brilliant albums beginning with this one, the Spear defined the message he brings to audiences to this day.
The Marcus Garvey CD collection contains that first, beautiful album plus the dub spin-off, Garvey's Ghost. That combination makes a generous package. You won't exactly get the news from Marcus Garvey, but you could die inside for lack of what it gives you.
Bob Rixon
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars does not do it justice September 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Folks, listen and listen good. In the over 100 reviews of reggae and all Jamaican music music that I have done thus far, I have only mentioned 5 albums as absolute no brainer, essential buys ("Screaming Target" by Big Youth, "Catch a Fire" by the Wailers, "Arkology" by Lee "Scratch" Perry, "King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown" by Augustus Pablo, and "Equal Rights" by Peter Tosh), and am now adding "Marcus Garvey" by Burning Spear as the 6th no brainer.
The militancy of "Marcus Garvey" is unparalleled in all of reggae (even Tosh's solo efforts for all their militancy were done after this lp was done), and the grooves on this lp are second to none. It's a shame that the whole lp isn't available to be sampled, so just listen to "Marcus Garvey" over and over and let it sink in...
Add to this 2fer "Garvey's Ghost," a most impressive lp in its own right, and your cup of Burning Spear runneth over 10 fold.
I could write for hours on this lp (and have on numerous occasions for album reviews I do for magazines, and will continue to do so if asked), but even then I can not do the glory of this album a quarter of the justice and praise it deserves, nor the glory of Winston Rodney, THE Burning Spear.
No music collection, no less a reputable reggae collection can be without the most earth shattering debut in all of reggae music. Get it. Get it now.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album right now February 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Marcus Garvey" is one of the classic albums of the 1970s from Jamaica. In an era which was full of quality releases from such luminaries as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Lee Perry, Burning Spear was more than capable of holding their own. As a reggae album, this is an essential purchase.
There are a series of misconceptions about Burning Spear and the "Marcus Garvey" album, though. The first is that this is the debut album by the band - it isn't. Spear had released two albums prior to this one, however they hadn't done particularly well. Another misconception is that Burning Spear is a solo act - well, not at the time of this recording. Winston Rodney (one of the vocalists) would eventually go solo under the name Burning Spear, but at this point there were three vocalists. The final major misconception is that this album will sound remotely like Bob Marley's output from a similar time - very untrue.
Where Marley's recordings veer towards a more "pop" sensibility, Burning Spear is pure reggae. The music is skeletal and the vocals may not be as pure as the listener might expect, but they are nonetheless outstanding. Winston Rodney himself is often described as simply "chanting", which he does to great effect as his bandmates create a hypnotic sound.
The first 10 tracks constitute the original release of "Marcus Garvey". Every single one of these is a gem, from the title track with its opening line "No one remember old Marcus Garvey" right through to Rodney's repeated question "Where will I find my resting place?" at the end of "Resting Place". Particular highlights are the devotional fervour of "Days of Slavery" and the rock-solid groove of "Jordan River".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic December 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is not just the best reggae album ever released period. It is one of the most important albums to be released, ever. This stirring music deals with one of the great historical travesties, slavery and its result, the impoverishment of entire nations, through a musical examination of a historical icon. It looks at slavery from several contexts, historical, that of the slaves, and that of the children generations later who still suffer from lack of "food to eat" and "money to spend". Not only is the music beautiful and haunting, it is also the benchmark of an entire genre of music, reggae. To listen to this music is to hear an intimate glimpse of a nation and its people, so perfectly embodied in the spirtual aspects of this music. A hundred years from now, this album will be an essential historical document. The same can be said of only a few albums, and Bob Marley, the most well known figure in Jamaican music, only produced a few albums that come even close to this music in terms of historical weight before succumbing to more commercial endeavors that lose the folksier element so important in capturing the spiritual aspects of reggae music.
I first discovered this album when I was a teenager, and while I loved it then more than just about any other album I owned, I used it to channel my own adolescent ideals. When Rodney implores, "hold them Marcus, hold them," and "catch them Garvey" on the title track, I took this to mean the interlopers, or those who would stand in the way of Marcus. How young and naive I was. Only years later, with more maturity, did the true signifigance of these words seize my understanding. This understanding, which occured while I was driving home late one night, brought me instantly to tears.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album!
A Classic Album for anyone into Reggae
Published 2 months ago by Revhow
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful selection
More fun with this great recording.
Published 2 months ago by Cliff Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars THE reggae album
Most people, if they were to buy just one reggae album for their music collection, would choose something like Bob Marley Legend. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Karlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Garvey's Ghost/Garvey Dub in One CD!
Winston Rodney is an absolute jewel. The production values on this exceed any reggae record I've heard. And I've heard a LOT. Read more
Published 7 months ago by gloworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Burning Spear's dub classics from the 1970s-a must for any reggae/dub...
When it worked the great thing about seventies reggae was an album or even track followed by the dub version. This is a killer monster of all dub transitions. Read more
Published 23 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Reggae Album(s) EVER!!!!
I don't say that lightly. I have EVERY Bob Marley album, LOTS of Burning Spear and other classic reggae. Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by Xango 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Dread.
Spiritual skank music. Chinna Smith must have been a favorite of Andy Summers. Awe-inspiring, yet soothing. Highly recommended.
Published on June 11, 2010 by Robert McMahan
4.0 out of 5 stars The good stuff
Must admit i've never been much of a Burning Spear fan before. I don't care for the jam band stuff they play now or the genre as a whole. Read more
Published on April 12, 2010 by Brad Irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots Reggae
Marcus Garvey was not Burning Spear's debut - he put out Rockin' Time a year earlier.

Also, I read that Chris Blackwell and Island remixed Jack Ruby's production because... Read more
Published on November 12, 2008 by remingtn8
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the finest reggae albums available!
a must have for anyone even mildly interested in reggae.

a stone cold classic!

get it!!
Published on April 19, 2007 by G. Lamb
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