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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B0000262IH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kwesi Johnson's Island years contains some of his finest moments. A tight dub-wise band, with a wicked horn section, led by bassist/producer, Dennis "Blackbeard" Bovell, wrap Linton's words in easy snapping but rootsy settings that drop you into the streets of post-punk, south London during the 80s. The poignant "Sonny's Lettah" deals with racist policing and remains as topical today, in the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence case, as it did then. On "Want Fi Goh Rave" Linton maps out street life under Thatcherism and makes no apologies for the youth. He mocks the political parties of all shades on "Independent Intavenshan" saying, "Make them gwaan...it is we who have to ride the storm." And while the riots of the 80s may seem remote today, the underlying lessons of LKJ's dub-poetry remain disturbingly relevant.--Paul Bradshaw

BBC Review

Having exploded onto the UK scene in 1978 with the dark, angry masterpiece, Dread Beat & Blood, Brixton Dub Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson returned the following year with second album, Forces Of Victory. Calling, again, on the talents of the Dennis Bovell Band, this was a calmer, more measured work, packed with both wry observation and political conviction.

Johnson's poetry, with its emphasis on rhythm, was ideally suited to the sparse, jazz-tinged backings of UK dub. Opener "Want Fi Go Rave" is as cool and confident as anything by Gregory Isaacs or Prince Buster, while "It Noh Funny", a homage to the realities of youth, gives Bovell plenty of room for the interaction of drum and delay.

"Sonny's Lettah - a deeply affecting tale of injustice - is a favourite among veteran activists, but "Independent Intavenshan"'s bouncing bassline and scornful lyrics (bemoaning the abundance of right-minded organisations attempting to speak for the black community) make the more resonant statement. "Fight Dem Back" rallies against the racists behind a mocking sing-song refrain, while "Reality Poem", with its haunting chorus-drenched guitar motif, advocates sober atheism at a time when such viewpoints were far from welcome.

Some have criticised Johnson for making Caribbean culture palatable to a predominantly white left-wing audience, but such criticism is to be expected by any artist who transcends their genre. And while the clean understated Bovell production is more suitable for the coffee bar than the sound system, it marks one of many high points in a distinguished career. A homegrown reggae classic. --Angus Taylor

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on 3 Nov 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is my third copy of this album/cd, it is truly an all time classic and i never get tired of playing it.....one word...MAGIC
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 30 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Love it!!!
Welcome to the world of British reggae. Our man (Linton Kwesi Johnston) an influence to so many and an outright spoken activist for equality and drawer to attention for what needed to be addressed during a formidable shameful period of history in this country. A lesson that we can all draw from, learn from, yet never to repeat.
This album speaks volumes of how we can all learn what tolerances and compassion really is through timeless, moving reggae.

From British, white bloke.
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There are very few albums with such an angry political message and even fewer that can claim to break new ground this ticks both of those boxes. As a reggae album it has so much for the listener to take in... from the lyrical/poetic delivery to those dub vibes that seem to punch its was into your brain, to the psychedelic guitar licks that fit so well with some of the deepest bass i ever heard. I have been listening to this album since i was a teenager in 1991 and after 20+ years it can still surprise me, so glad to own it on vinyl
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By pilotpuds on 7 July 2014
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Just classic LKJ -
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This album is a fantastic cocktail of supreme musicianship and powerful lyrics. Johnson's effective simple driving delivery completes the experience. Every song is a gem, which makes it timeless. This isn't cosy stuff; it is hard hitting; it needed to be. This came out at a time when racism and riots were happening in late '70s Britain. Quite apart from this being a superb album in itself, it is actually an important social document in British history, as far as i am concerned - the Anti-Nazi league etc. Britain turned a corner, thank God. Although there is STILL massive racism, it is now rightfully understood that such bigotry is wrong and frowned upon by the vast majority - and this has been the case for many years. Heady stuff, eh? Well, just get this album anyway...If you like good reggae, or even just very good music, then it would be a travesty to pass this one by.....
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By H. Sadler on 13 Jun 2013
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Timeless, a true classic telling it as it was in a time of toil & trouble.
Not a duff track on here, "Reality Poem" my personal favourite.

Thanks LKJ, I was there.
Peace.
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By DADSKI on 13 Jun 2013
Format: Audio CD
classic album .strong musianship and catchy tunes .linton is a legend ,get this and all his releases .a genious. reggae with british roots .
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