World Peace
June 23 - 2003

Track list
  1. Sweet Freedom
  2. Time Is Getting Harder
  3. World Peace
  4. Coming Down
  5. Long Day Bud A Bowl
  6. Gun Put Down
  7. Never Get Weary
  8. Dog a Go Nyam Dog
  9. No Segregation
  10. Walk In Jah Light
  11. Selection Train
  12. Babylon Falling
  13. Holy Mount Zion
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
The initial vocal trio Culture was formed by lead vocalist Joseph Hill and harmony singers Albert "Randolph" Walker and Kenneth Dayes. Joseph Hill had already recorded the sublime "Behold The Land" for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One imprint in 1972. Their 1977 released "Two Sevens Clash" set is their most celebrated album to date. After this release the trio entered an extremely prolific period in their career, recording excellent albums and 12" singles. The original Culture line-up split up in 1982, and since Joseph Hill - as a solo performer or with additional backing vocalists, but always using the name Culture - has enjoyed considerable success with a string of quality roots albums. Culture released 'Good Things' on RAS Records in 1989, with the inclusion of four dub tracks. Their relationship saw full fruition with their 1996 release 'One Stone' and the dub accompaniment 'Stoned'. With well over a dozen weeks on the CMJ New World chart, reaching the number one spot for reggae albums in England, and the release of their music videos 'Addis Ababa' and 'Riverside', it was clear that there was no stopping them. Next, Culture released the phenomenal 'Trust Me' to rave reviews throughout the world, and followed up soon afterwards with the live Culture album, 'Cultural Livity: Live Culture ’98', an album which gives a very warm memory to those familiar with their high-energy performances. With quality releases such as 'Payday' and the VP release 'Humble African' Joseph Hill stays right on top. The current line-up includes Kenneth Dayes’ replacement Talford Nelson joining Albert Walker on backing vocals, while Joseph Hill continues to shine on the lead. Joseph Hill (now synonymous with the name Culture) is reggae music's leading elder statesman - part of an exclusive fraternity of veteran roots reggae artists still singing potent songs of truth and rights a quarter of a century after first emerging on the Kingston music scene. Alongside Burning Spear, Dennis Brown and Bob Marley, Culture helped popularize Rastafarian-influenced reggae around the world with several internationally released albums on the Virgin Records label and countless worldwide tours.
Now, some 26-years after "Two Sevens Clash" Joseph Hill and company are still making topical, incendiary music as evidenced on Culture's latest release "World Peace." The self-produced album marks Culture's first release of new material for Heartbeat Records. Over the years, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based label has reissued some of Culture's classic material from the late '70s and early '80s.
From the solid foundation of roots reggae the voice of Joseph Hill presents the views of the man in the street. War, poverty, suffering and the redemption of love and faith are the topics of the soul. Check out tracks that attack poverty, war and injustice like Time is Getting Harder, No Segregation and the title track. World Peace was recorded just as the U.S. war in Iraq was starting. Over a rolling, ominous bass line, Hill implores "We can't take another war, we want world peace…mass destruction, deep corruption, cover up." On the album's opening track, the breezy Sweet Freedom the band sings out for equal right and justice, for all. One of our favorite tracks is the sprightly Long Day Bud A Bawl on which he admonishes idle people.
Richly arranged and tightly-produced with a full horn section, background singers and cracking riddim section, the album features some of Jamaica's top studio musicians including the Firehouse Crew with veterans Dean Fraser (saxophone), Robbie Lyn (keyboards), Dwight Pinckney (guitar) and members of Shaggy's band.
"World Peace" is a tour-de-force of organic roots reggae, delivered by one of reggae most distinctive voices.