This cd is a reissue of an excellent Prince Far I vocal LP from 1978...a real honest to goodness album. Though it is dubby and deeply mixed, what we are essentially dealing with is a band. The bass is deep and round, and the rhythms and grooves are double irie. Killer melodica and trombone flow dreamily over a roiling sea of bongo drums and skanking guitar. Far I is at his best throughout, intensely focused on his heady toasts/chants/recitations, preaching Jah righteousness and messages of love to the people of earth. Musicians include Sly & Robbie, Santa Davis, Chinna Smith, Bingy Bunny, Bongo Herman, Vin Gordon (Don Drummond Jr.), and Bobby Kalphat on melodica. This really feels like the album that it is...every song being part of the whole, with a righteous beginning, powerful middle, and refreshing end. Definitely one of the best and most cohesive Prince Far I listening experiences.
Like all Prince Far I LPs, and most Jamaican LPs from the '70s, "Long Life" is about 33 minutes, but it is well, well worth it, and at this asking price it is actually a bargain. Remember, Prince Far I import discs of about the same length are going for almost twice as much. Frontline has remastered this music from the original session tapes, so the sound is superb. I'd strongly advise anyone beginning to get into Prince Far I to check out the CDs that collect Far I's original LPs in their entirety before anything else, including "Health & Strength," "Message From The King," "Under Heavy Manners," "Heavy Manners (4 LPs on 2 cds)," "Psalms For I," and of course "Long Life." As far as dub albums, I'd surely start with "Dubwise." To sum it up, no Prince Far I experience is even close to complete without the mesmerizing set of righteous messages and sounds that is "Long Life." Killer, five star perfection throughout.