CUMBOLO: I've always said that BALDHEAD BRIDGE is my favourite Culture LP, and I stand by that statement. But CUMBOLO is also my favourite Culture LP - and for good reason. Sonia Pottinger's simple, straight-forward production work succinctly spotlights the trio's fantastic harmony singing - especially on the divine title track, and NATTY NEVER GET WEARY - and offers suitably solid foundation for a handful of exemplary story-in-song offerings, most notably INNOCENT BLOOD and DOWN IN JAMAICA. The roots pressure is firmly applied throughout, culminating in Joseph Hill's impassioned plea for PAY DAY ("Will this pay day be Monday? Will this pay day be Tuesday?...When will this pay day be for these retired slaves?"), and while the subject matter is deadly serious, the overall tone of CUMBOLO is never less than bouyant and upbeat - that's just what makes great reggae music so great!
CUMBOLO is quite widely available thanks to Virgin's recent reggae re-release program. I suggest you don't wait for pay day - go and buy a copy right away.