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Social Living [Original recording remastered, Import]

Burning Spear Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (28 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B00009KTWC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Marcus Children Suffer (Album Version) 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Social Living (Album Version) 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Nayah Keith (Album Version) 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Institution (Album Version) 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Marcus Senior (Album Version) 5:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Civilize Reggae (Album Version) 5:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mister Garvey (Album Version) 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Come (Album Version) 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Marcus Say Jah No Dead (Album Version) 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Social Living (12" Version) 7:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Civilised Reggae (12" Version) 7:100.99  Buy MP3 

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spear's greatest album 14 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
To these ears without a shadow of a doubt Burning Spear's best album - the original vinyl is supplemented by two bonus tracks including the 12" cut of the title track. Spear's vocals at their most impassioned and committed. The music is possibly the most imaginative to be found on a reggae album - there is a deep, multilayered quality to the backings that make it sound like dub and funk. Lots of horns and keyboards give the album a really full sound - compare this to what to my mind are the somewhat thin backing tracks on the Marcus Garvey album.

This is the kind of album which would get an honorary 6 star review such is the quality on every level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-release of this seminal classic. 27 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
A fantastic album from perhaps the very best, and often overlooked, roots bands of all time. This is reggae how it should be played. Amazing. Nine storming anthems of ghetto suffering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars physical07 10 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Social Living is a good cd, I used the 12" single that was released at the time to audition my first serious hi-fi system. Another one for those who are into or getting into roots Reggae music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated classic! 20 May 2012
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Great album! Also known as Marcus Children. Includes the original 9 tracks together with extended mixes of Social Living and Civilised Reggae. Good sound quality. One thing and this isn't a criticism, the track titles appear listed in Japanese when played in audio players. This dosen't affect playing, but i had to smile at the row of question marks which appeared as titles in Virtual DJ!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This work is Winston Rodney's masterpiece! 23 Aug 1998
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Format:Audio CD
This cd is a true work of art. It contains enchanting beats in true Spear fashion. These songs will allow you to recall a captivating stage presence and true reggae ambasador. I always include tracks from this cd on tapes for friends!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense 8 Feb 2000
By Arvid Broddefalk - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This album shows Burning Spear at his peak. The music is very intense and dark, where the expressive vocal style matches the repetive grooves perfectly. Listening to e.g. "Institution" or "Jah No Dead" there can be no doubt that BS is serious regarding the lyrical messages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 April 2014
By T. O'Neil - Published on
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of many gems 19 Sep 2000
By Sean M. Kelly - Published on
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"Marcus Children" (aka Social Living) is another prime example of everything that is great about Burning Spear. The grooves created by Sly & Robbie and Chinna Smith are first rate, as always. Also of top quality are Burning Spear's vocals. Listen to "Social Living," "Mister Garvey," "Marcus Children Suffer," and "Institution," and you will know that Spear is all business, as he always is.
Another in a long string of excellent lps, "Social Living" is highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Burning Spear 30 Jan 2005
By Matthew Channon - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Any rough edges that were pesent on previous Burning Spear albums have been completely smoothed out for this classic 1978 release along with any doubts as to the artists intention and ability to bring his music to the international stage which would happen with his next album, the succeeding masterpiece, "Hail H.I.M."

This is Burning Spear's most technical achievement up to this point. Thanks, in part, to Sly and Robbie, the instramentals are tight and crisp ("Marcus Children Suffer" and "Civilize Reggae" are particularly intricate) and the ever focused Winston Rodney is at the cutting edge of his skills, his strong sharp voice prominent through out.

The set seems to lose some of it's punch after the first four tracks shifting to a more mellow tone (almost to the point of being boring) but is still on top form and doesn't bring the standard down any.

Digitally remastered with the cover sleeve including an extensive commentary, but the bonus track of "Social Living extended mix" is the best addition to this 2003 rerelease by Island.
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