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Black Sounds Of Freedom [VINYL] [Import]

Black Uhuru Vinyl

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Reggae's finest moments ... 30 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Critics always fall over themselves to praise B.U.'s Red album (also an excellent record), but Black Sounds of Freedom is without a doubt Black Uhuru's finest moment and one of the best Reggae albums ever. Made early on before Puma Jones joined the band, this is more roots oriented and does not have the dance rythems and programmed drums of some of their early-80s material. The record has a great flow, with tight musicianship and emotional vocals. All the songs are outstanding, including a cover of Bob Marley's "Natural Mystic". Also note that the band recorded versions of Eden Out Deh, Satan Army Band, Willow Tree and Time to Unite on later albums. You can't go wrong with this record.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dubroom Review 23 Jan 2002
By Messian Dread - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Black Uhuru is a vocal trio formed by Don Carlos, Duckie Simpson and Garth Dennis. But the group is best known from the days in which Michael Rose was responsible for the lead vocals. Many, many have comne to apprecilove Reggae Music by the works of Black Uhuru. This album is no different, it's a real gem in a collection of jewelry!
Black Sounds Of Freedom contains ten beautifull Roots Reggae tracks provided by Prince Jammy's. They're recorded in the days that Michael Rose just joined Black Uhuru. The sounds are really crucial: driven by the innovative drumming of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare's solid basslines, and mixed by the mighty Prince Jammy. It contains the reggae classic "I Love King Selassie" and a very beautiful cover from Bob Marley's "Natural Mystic".
Originally this album was released in 1977 as a debut album and entitled Love Crisis, but it was re-released in 1981, this time it containing different drums and also the mixes were different. Many drum rhythms have changed from One Drops to Steppers beats.
I would like to add some special notes about Sly Dunbar's drumming on the album. I think that he is using very progressive steppers beats, on most tracks of the album at least. It's a true blessing to listen to his drumming and trying to follow it with the ear and heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reissue 29 Jan 2007
By zphage - Published on Amazon.com
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Great reissue of 2 lps produced by Prince Jammy. This is right before they were picked up by Island, therefore it is not as slick as those releases.

Great late 70's roots reggae: great rhythms, great singing, great songs, and great sound.

A real nice piece that helps see Uhuru in a less commercial light. Very Enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Freedom! 30 Aug 2008
By doggiedogma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Black Uhuru (Uhuru meaning freedom in Swahili), was formed in 1974 by Derrick "Duckie" Simpson and was initially named 'Black Sounds Uhuru'. The original configuration of the band was Derrick Simpson, Don Carlos and Rudolph "Garth" Dennis. The band released a few singles in Jamaica but the lack of record company interest led Don Carlos to leave and go solo, and for Garth Dennis to join The Wailing Souls. They were replaced by Errol Nelson and the "reggae-cantor" vocalist Michael Rose.
With the new line-up established, and a stellar backing band of Robbie Shakespear on bass; Sly Dunbar on drums and Earl "Chinna" Smith on guitar, the band released its first album "Love Crisis" in 1977. This would be re-mixed by Prince Jammy and released as "Black Sounds Of Freedom" in 1981.
The music on this album is an interesting collaboration of roots-rock, dub, dance hall, and funk. This conglomeration of styles sounds daunting but the band is able to, as Tim Gunn likes to say - make it work. The innovative and revolutionary bass stylings of Robbie Shakespear and drumming by Sly Dunbar really propel the music of the album. "I Love King Selassie" was a hit in Jamaica, and it is straight roots-rock. "Satan Army Band" is another roots-rock tune with a nice horn arrangement driving the melody. "Time To Unite" has a disco horn opening which segues into another hypnotic, roots, grooving rhythm. The singing by Michael Rose is gravely and intoxicating. The band then does a pretty faithful rendition of "Natural Mystic" by Bob Marley. "Eden Out Deh" has a clavinet playng a predominant role in establishing the melody, while Robbie and Sly lay down a dub style backbeat. "Love Crisis" follows and it is a pop-reggae song made for radio play, with nice harmonica playing by Johnny Osbourne (Ozzie's brodha - sort of). "African Love" has a dance hall, disco, dub vibe with Michael Rose sounding great. "Hard Ground" is another mixture of roots and dub making a hypnotic offspring that enables Michael Roses voice to sound even more awesome. "Willow Tree" has a fantastic dub beat by Robbie Shakespear while Michael laments about the hardships of ghetto life. "Sorry For The Man" ends the album in an appropriate and interesting mixture of dub, roots and electronic music with Michael singing about the travails of love.
While the message of unity, love, ghetto life and military violence is nothing new, the motley crue mixture of the different reggae music styles (dub, roots, dance hall) was somewhat groundbreaking at the time. The band would expand on this interesting mixture and achieve its greatest success in the early 1980s won they won a grammy; the first reggae band to do so. Peace and love.
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes - I! 23 July 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Yes I! I agree, this album is a real gem. Definitely more rootsy and not many know the I love King selassie besides Jamaicans. That song is a scorcher! True dread itality. Their other material under the hand of the venerable Monsieurs Sly and Robbie is awesome, but the cd will give real sense of Uhuru's roots. Irie I.
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