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Making History [Import]

Linton Kwesi Johnson Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (15 Jun 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mango
  • ASIN: B000003QIE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Di Eagle An' Di Bear
2. Wat About Di Workin' Claas?
3. Di Great Insohreckshan
4. Making History
5. Reggae Fi Radni
6. Raggae Fi Dada
7. New Craas Massahkah

Product Description


Dub poetry doesn't get better than on this seminal disc. Johnson drops his rhymes so that they join tightly to Dennis Bovell's basslines, giving both word and rhythm greater power. More literarily and politically savvy than his peers in Jamaica, U.K.-based poet LKJ's rhymes stand up without music, on the printed page. In "Reggae Fi Dada," he wisely eschews the general in favor of exploring the more expressive realm of the personal. He takes that tact even in the political protest of the title track, a rendering of confrontations between black youth and the British police, thereby making the poem all the more harrowing. A direct descendant of a generation of West Indian writers who emerged in the '40s and wrote from the point of view of a colonized people just awakening to their national spirit, LKJ weighs the riddims of poetry and reggae and finds them equal. --Elena Oumano

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST 20 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD
Superb poetry & music that came out of the Thatcher era of the 1980's recession in the UK.
This record captures the disenchantment, anger and hatred she engendered in anyone that wasn't one of her greed-head yuppie Tories!
I think this is LKJ's most powerful piece of work (I have all his records) or maybe it's just that I identified with it so much when it came out when I was an unemployed, squatting punk in a small Somerset town, desperate for some inspiration and empowerment - LKJ gave me that in this record then and still does now: with this latest Tory incarnation it is relevant once again - sadly, if you know what I mean?: like nothing changes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars making history 3 Jun 2013
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making history indeed.linton and the band at its peak .a masterpiece.i play this on the way to work.makes my day more worthwhile !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars historic 13 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
lkj and dennis blackbeard bovells greatest work powerful heartfelt tales combined with tight musical backing but so much more worthy than these words here written can convey investigate ...all these seven tracks feature on the island records compilation check it out...moonaxe
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE DUB MASTER 26 Feb 2003
By Kush Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Upon migrating to the Bronx NY in 1984, I began watching caribbean videos, primarily Reggae videos. Became fascinated with one in particular, which showcased celebs such as Michael rose and Black Uhuru, Bob Marley live, and LKJ.
I would say that I rented this video simply to watch The Great Insurrection video. Amazed to see people of all ethnicity stand up against "The Englan."
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate dub poetry/reggae/jazz 22 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you want to check out some great international music - get this recording. 'Making History' transends your average poetry/music disc in that either the music or the writing on this recording can stand on its own. Whether your into poetry, dub reggae or jazz: there's something on this disc for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely mesmerizingly wonderful ! 27 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First heard this one back in college and I'm still listening. Very poignant essays on reality. Some of the best dub out there. Check it.
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