Spear Burning 1975-1979
CD / 2LP
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 5|
Pressure Sounds is beside Blood and Fire the leading reggae re-issuer in the
UK. On their 33rd release Pressure Sounds puts the spotlight on Burning Spear.
Burning Spear needs not further introduction to the reggae lovers, the man from
St. Ann's Bay is well known, but what is not so well known are the tunes
released on this beautiful CD. All tunes were produced by Spear himself and
were recorded after the "Studio One Period", originally released on 7" or 12". It is
the first time that these tunes are available on CD or vinyl-album. Besides
Burning Spear you can find tunes from Phillip Fullwood, who was actually the
bass player for Burning Spear in this time, the D.J. Big Joe and Burning Junior,
a vocal group whose only tune they ever recorded is featured on this CD. It
is hard to mention outstanding tunes as all of them are on the highest level, however
favourites are: "Travelling", which is a version to "Journey", originally
recorded at Studio One and as the liner notes marks "...this cut makes the
original sound like a demo," followed by the dub version "Walking", and the discomix from
"Jah No Dead", which comes real heavy and gives completely different vibes than the
version on the "Rockers" soundtrack, where Spear sings this tune to the riddim of
the sea. All in all this CD is highly recommended and is a must have for all
Spear fans and reggae lovers.
Note: The vinyl version comes with one additional tune, the discomix (appr. 5 min.) to "Free Black People" with a beautiful horn section.
Review provided courtesy of Hubsi