September 4, 2007

LIONS TO ZION:

Jamrock Revisited: Three reggae classics, ahead of their time then, deserving of yours now (Elena Oumano, September 4th, 2007, Village Voice)

Freshly minted reissues of Alcapone's impeccably timed toasts on 1971's Forever Version, the Lone Ranger's equally keen rhythmic sensibilities throughout 1981's On the Other Side of Dub, and Culture's thundering reggae gospel on 1977's Two Sevens Clash—three collections of Jamrock too raw, too original for most of the world to get the first time around— now aim to give the world another chance. [...]

Culture lead vocalist Joseph Hill was on board from reggae's early glory days, and seemed destined to last forever until he passed last year at 57 while on tour. His group flew just under the radar, but this 30th-anniversary reissue of Two Sevens re-introduces one of the most transcendent roots-rock albums ever. Hill's anecdotal accounts of human struggle from a humble Rastaman's POV, delivered in a grainy, pitch-perfect baritone, enshrine a glorious moment in music history, one that will hopefully enrapture a few young farts along with the old ones.


Posted by Orrin Judd at September 4, 2007 6:15 PM
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