Of the four or five LP's in Burning Spear's (at this point a solo artist) canon that are considered essential, this one may be the ultimate. The culmination of his years honing his characteristic sound under a variety of producers, Social Living aka Marcus' Children marked Winston Rodney's second production effort. In my opinion this is the most full realization of his musical vision and the sound quality is par excellence. The Island issue of this LP is out of print, as is this one on Blood and Fire. I do think it odd that it is this one that is available on Amazon, but it's just as well since it has the original JA track sequence. Having first heard the UK version, the sequence of the composition changes the vibe and clarifies what I think was Spear's artistic intent. Also, you don't have to adjust the EQ to compensate for Island's practice of processing the recordings for their remasters (Rockers, Sinsemillia, Man in the Hills/Dry and Heavy, and others). Two 12" mixes (added when B&F's license ran out to make the newly available Island reissue more attractive) make the Island release worth tracking down, but overall the B&F release is the representative reissue.
Heavy, ponderous, meditative -- Burning Spear at his finest and most distinctive.