Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Live At Montreux Jazz Festival 2001
Burning Spear
I-Sound/Nocturne/Munich
CD
29-09-2002

Track list
  1. The Youth
  2. Jah Nuh Dead
  3. Nyah Keith
  4. Man In The Hills
  5. Tumble Down
  6. Old Marcus
  7. Rocking Time
  8. Columbus
  9. Slavery Days
  10. Postman
  11. Happy Day
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
Reggae veteran Winston Rodney aka Burning Spear, without any doubt a living legend of reggae music, has been a major influence in reggae music since the time he recorded his debut single "Door Peep" for the legendary Coxsonne Dodd on a Sunday afternoon in 1969. The Spear recorded two superb albums for the Studio One label in the early seventies. It was the start of an impressive career in which he established himself as the voice of Garveyism in Jamaican music. Black culture and history, Garveyism and Rasta beliefs, and universal love have been headlines during his entire recording career. With 35 albums, a musical career of 33 years to date, thousands of concerts in all corners of the Earth, the French label I-Sound presents the Spear's most recent live recording. Recorded at the renown Montreux Jazz festival, Switzerland 2001 this cd has an excellent quality. Burning Spear and The Burning Band, both in real good shape, take you on a great musical trip as they perform mainly well known classic Burning Spear tunes. The only minus is the inclusion of the cover "Oh Happy Day", which is truly superfluous for an artist who has written so many great classic songs. On this "Live At Montreux Jazz Festival 2001" set we're treated to Spear's strictly conscious, lovely meditative vocals, deep dub parts and nice instrumental solo of the percussion and horn sections. All in all a perfect mix which fully showcases the talents of this really great Jamaican artist.
"Live At Montreux Jazz Festival 2001" matches the excellent double cd "Live In Paris Zenith '88" and thus is one of Burning Spear's best live albums!