Label: RAS Records Inc. - RASCD 9601 • Format: CD Compilation, Reissue • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Reggae • Style: Reggae, Roots Reggae
After unleashing a hat trick of unforgettable cultural albums betweenBunny Wailer seemed to have followed the rest of the reggae scene into ever-lighter, more commercially acceptable territories. These remained enticingly out of sight for non-Jamaicans, until some of the best were collected for this album.
The songs date from14 incredibly powerful cultural statements, all self-produced and backed by the likes of the Revolutionaries and the Roots Radics. The numbers are not arranged chronologically, nor did much thought go into the sequencing, but that's irrelevant, so superb is every track within.
Many of the songs reflected Jamaica's political and societal events, with 's "Peace Talk" inspired by the peace treaty agreed by Kingston's gangs, "Power Struggle" and "Tugawar Game" reflecting the corrosive battles carried into the streets by the island's two political parties, "Innocent Blood" a plea to stop the slaughter in the lead-up to the election, and 's "Unity" an attempt to heal the island's still-open wounds.
The earliest song on the set, 's "Bright Soul," is one Crucial - Bunny Wailer - Crucial! Roots Classics the loveliest, although the "soul" referred to is actually Satan. The superb "Old Dragon" tells Lucifer's story in full, while "Struggle" instructs listeners on how to defeat this determined demon. Although there are some notable omissions, there's no denying the caliber of all of these songs, both lyrically and musically.
At times, Bunny cleverly uses catchy, often nursery rhyme-ish melodies to great advantage, turning simple singalongs into thought-provoking yet incredibly contagious numbers. Nyahbinghi drumming, pastoral elements, bouncy roots reggae, sweet melodies, dubby production, dancehall styling, and even calypso are deftly applied to emphasize or counterpoint the messages of the songs. Every song within is a Nightingale - Oscar Peterson And Nelson Riddle - Oscar Peterson And Nelson Riddle, and the album's title is absolutely accurate.
Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods.
Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts.
Genre Reggae. Styles Roots Reggae. Track Listing. Bunny Wailer. Baldheaded Woman. Old Dragon. Innocent Blood. Trouble on the Road Again. Peace Talks. Togawar Gustav Mahler - Symphony No.10. Free Jah Jah Children.
Power Strugglers. Bright Soul. Here in Jamaica. Boderation Bunny Wailer. Baldheaded Woman Bunny Wailer. Old Dragon Bunny Wailer.
Crucial Bunny Wailer. Innocent Blood Bunny Wailer. Trouble on the Road Again Bunny Wailer. Peace Talks Bunny Wailer. Unity Bunny Wailer.
Togawar Game Bunny Wailer. Crucial - Bunny Wailer - Crucial! Roots Classics Bunny Wailer. Power Strugglers Bunny Wailer. Bright Soul Bunny Wailer. Here in Jamaica Bunny Wailer.
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