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Unity Is Power

Joe Higgs Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pressure Sounds
  • ASIN: B00DSE2I82
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Devotion 4:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. One Man Kutchie 3:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Unity Is Power 3:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gold Or Silver 3:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Love Can't Be Wrong 3:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Vineyard 3:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Small World 3:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Think Of The Moment 3:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sadness Is A Part Of My Heart 3:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sons Of Garvey 4:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Invitation To Jamaica (Bonus Track) 3:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Version (Bonus Track) 3:180.89  Buy MP3 


Product Description

Highly sought-after 1979 album from one of Reggae's founding fathers finally reissued with bonus tracks

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By TCH TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The excellent Pressure Sounds reggae revive label has reissued Joe Higgs 1978 album; "Unity Is Power" a few years after their magnificent reissue of Higgs' classic debut album; "Life Of Contradiction". This is a largely welcome development even though the "Unity Is Power" LP is not a patch on Higgs' debut platter being much more eclectic and 'mellow' than his 1st album. Higgs is a brilliant singer, probably most famous for teaching Marley and the Wailers to sing and harmonise, and plenty of that is in evidence here with his distinctive soulful yet world weary tone. However this LP doesn't maintain a consistent tone which leads to an uneven listening experience......

Only four tracks on the CD are strictly roots and culture based including the superior "One Man Kutchie" and the solid "Gold or Silver" however "Sons Of Garvey" is merely OK being somewhat overwhelmed by the backing singers (trying to do an "I-Threes" thing I guess?) and the title track which isn't even reggae being more a convention R&B song (albeit beautifully sung).

The remainder of the tracks are lovers based and these songs include the superb lead-off track; "Devotion" and the fantastic; "Vineyard" (best track on the LP) but also the lesser non-reggae R&B-based "Love Can't Be Wrong" which sounds like late-70's Jimmy Cliff was an influence and the misfiring jazz-based "Small World" and "Sadness Is A Part Of My Heart" which are probably the weakest tracks on the original LP with each having a parping trumpet mirroring the main vocal-line.

I feel a bit churlish criticising this album since Higgs' singing is so stellar it almost makes up for the subpar song-writing and production on half of the tracks but overall it clearly isn't up to the level of his classic debut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Who? 28 Sep 2013
By A. Owen
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Despite a career spanning over 30 years I'd never heard of him. Then this album popped up on my radar. He began as a songwriter for Toots & the Maytalls and Delroy Wilson. He was a music teacher and one of his pupils was Bob Marley. Joe Higgs probably had more influence over arguably the most famous reggae artist of all time than anyone else.

This album dates back to 1979 but has had a recent reissue. Joe Higgs has a very pleasant rich baritone voice and this album covers many bases of reggae and ska. It shows a very talented singer, songwriter, arranger and innovator and is a very fine album. I am delighted to have discovered it and strongly recommend a listen. On a sunny summer afternoon there can hardly be a better soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Love it 9 Jan 2014
By Dizzy D
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This guy always touches my heart with his lyrics, and this has done the same I am so glad I saw it and it is now in my collection. RIP JH...One of the best......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 8 Jan 2014
Format:Vinyl
I have this album and Higg's first, Life of Contradiction. Both are great and different from one another. Get both!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth 1 Sep 2013
By Comment Man - Published on Amazon.com
Imagine for a moment that you are an assiduous Amazon reviewer--in Elizabethan England--and you have reviewed such books as John Donne's poems, or Edmund Spenser's Faery Queene and you have given them enthusiastic 5 star ratings. Then one day, you go to the Ye Old Book Store and pick up this new volume--by this bumpkin who died a sad death at the Mermaid's Tavern--the Folio, by some guy named William Shakespeare, and you go home and start reading and you realize the work was simply on a different higher level. How many stars do you reward it?

That's my reaction to Joe Higgs' Unity is Power. This must rank--easily--in the top ten of all reggae albums ever made. His voice is staggeringly beautiful. The songs resonant with beautiful arrangements and lyrics that are biting and more important true. This is reggae with beautiful harmonies, beautiful thought, beautiful songs. All the songs on this set are strong and irreplaceable.

Now that you have ordered this CD I will tell you who Joe Higgs is. A fine Jamaican gentleman born a generation before Bob Marley, in colonial Britain, Higgs scored early and significant ska hits--for which he did not receive payment. Disillusioned by the corrupt Jamaican musical scene, he sought to control his music against the promoters and producers--only to be rudely ignored by the musical establishment.

He taught Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer how to sing and harmonize. In the 70s, he had a small reputation as the man who taught Bob Marley. Peter Tosh rather blatantly stole credit for a song Higgs wrote--Stepping Razor. In a lifetime of injustices, Higgs actually found a sympathetic government official who managed to have the song credit transferred to the true author.

In the eighties, after his life was threatened due to the revolutionary song So it Goes, he emigrated to LA where he was a helpful and appreciated figure on the local reggae scene. He died in the late 1990s, in poverty and largely forgotten.

Yet it seems likely he will be remembered for his music. Besides numerous singles, which remain largely uncollected, in the seventies he recorded--Life of Contradiction (which Chris Blackwell commissioned and refused to release, saying it was too advanced), this release and Joe Higgs - Family - [LP]. During the eighties he released Triumph! which had the amazing cut So it Go. Of these, this CD is the strongest, an amazing heartfelt work which will survive our generation--if any justice can be had in this world after all this time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, Important Reggae Artist 18 April 2014
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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A very impressive album, although unlike the main review, I'm not quite sure it belongs in the Top 10 Reggae albums of all time. Then, again, time will be the decider, so ask me again a few years down the road. Nevertheless, this certainly is a very strong and stirring collection of songs. Unfortunately, due to the poor packaging, it's not clear when this album was first recorded and released, nor who wrote the songs. I assume that Higgs wrote all the material himself, but the lack of songwriting credits and other detail is frustrating.

Based on the quality of the music on this CD, Joe Higgs (who died in 1999) certainly deserves to be much better known, in not only reggae circles but the music world in general. Certainly, the songs on this album rival anything that Peter Tosh recorded at roughly the same time period (1970s through the 1980s) . It's that strong an album.

The CD comes with a short essay by Roger Steffens, who interviewed Higgs several times for a biography that never materialized. The interview excerpts with Higgs reveal a man who had a very difficult time in the music business, encountering all sorts of obstacles and calamities, yet managed to make some beautiful music. I'll be eager to delve into his back catalog and hear the other albums that he recorded. This one's a keeper!
5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL 1 Dec 2013
By Mz. P - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE-LOVE-LOVE the title track, "UNITY IS POWER"!!!!!! That being said, this is a very POWERFUL album in its entirety and in my personal opinion, the BEST album for Joe Higgs!!!!! Hands down!!!!!!
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