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on 1 November 2010
This album is a stone cold classic. Almost everything about it is just right. Dennis Bovell's band is tight yet melodic throughout. The production is spare, giving the rhythms and vocals space in which to reverb and resonate in a typical pared down late 70s dub-style. Even the artwork, with its monochrome precision and clear allusions to the original ska period, helps capture the mood of a lost time when music really mattered. And, of course, LKJ is simply magnificent. His dub poetry is delivered with swagger, soul and elegance. He is deftly sensitive to, but never dominated by, the pulsating rhythms of his band. His abiding mood is one of cold, considered fury at the injustice he sees around him. His lyrics are rich, impassioned and often elegiac, simultaneously articulating a profound rootedness in "Bass Culture" (the sub-cultures of reggae, radicalism and poetry) and a pained sense of alienation. It is a testament to his supreme skills that "Street 66" stills sounds as fresh, radical and dangerous as when I first heard it thirty years ago. We had our own poet laureate of the years of racism, repression and hypocrisy, and he was never given his due: Inglan was a bitch to ignore, and then forget, such a prodigious, subversive talent.
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on 2 June 2006
Look no further if you're interests fall off the beaten trails. Linton Kwesi Johnson is a poet, who, all at once, blends confrontational, satirical, sophisticated, angry, passionate, political, and proud lyrics with Dennis Bovell's Dub Band. The result is a challenging mix of socio-political topics spashed over Caribbean-influenced music. The style has been labeled "Dub Poetry."

For years, LKJ was a journalist and poet, who took his passion for writing to the next level. Because of his love of words & language, through music he began challenging the black struggle in England (circa late-'70's). Lyrically, LKJ's music is heavy on patois, which keeps the listener on the backs of his/her heels; it is always challenging in this way.

The music's no slouch either. Dennis Bovell's Dub Band is the perfect backdrop for LKJ's heavy-handed issues. Defiant/politically conscious lyrics perfectly balanced with musical contributions from a great reggae backing troupe.

BASS CULTURE (released in 1980) is an acquired taste, but it is a challenging album well worth seeking out! Most reggae fans will find this album a breath of fresh air, especially compared to much of today's reggae offerings.

Also check out LKJ's fine albums: DREAD BEAT AN' BLOOD, MAKING HISTORY, and LKJ IN DUB (Volumes 1-3).
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on 29 November 2006
"Bass Culture", the opening track should be enough for anyone

with a passing interest in UK Reggae to want to own this CD.

Originally Issued on vinyl LP this stands as a testament to

the power and genius of both LKJ and Dennis "blackbeard" Bovell.

Superbly timed dub. Brilliant lyrics and ultimatley the force behind

"LKJ in Dub", arguably the best UK recorded dub LP of the last 25

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on 10 September 2003
LKJ was a British Black Panther member, working as an accountant, studying sociology and publishing poems. He's the inventor of dub poetry, which he uses in this album to describe the poor life conditions of inmigrants. His personal dub formula will be present in the following album too, but this is the one started it all. Simple and powerful. Check out Gil Scott-Heron if you like this one.
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This should stand up there with the best UK reggae albums of all time. What makes it so good is that rather than constraining himself to one style, LKJ draws on jazz, ska and even lovers rock to create an album of rich texture and poetic wordsmithery.
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on 3 June 2013
lintons second album.its aprogression from the anger of dread beat and blood .it bubbles and fizzes .the message is basically the same but somehow it translates better ? essential listening from a true talent.
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on 11 March 2016
wow i love LKJ this ius one of his great albums short and sweet but well worth the dosh sounds great in the car
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on 9 March 2010
I first heard this album when I was about 20-25 yrs old. Another 26 yrs later it is still as brill as ever.
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on 7 October 2014
Great thank you.
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on 9 February 2012
I have not heard this album for 15years and it still sounds good,although the politics are a little dated.The poetry set to a steady reggae beat is outstanding,and Linton Kwesi Johnsons deep dark brown voice is haunting,a complete joy.
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