on 5 June 2006
I'm not the best person to write interesting, factually correct and animated reviews but I do know good music when I hear it. If you are a fan of smooth, soulful, heartfelt reggae then this is a must for you. Great tunes, inspiring lyrics and thumping rhythms - you don't get much better than this.
If you like reggae and have not ventured much further than Bob Marley then try some Burning Spear. Albums such as: "Social Living", "Farover", "100th Anniversary: Marcus Garvey + Garvey's Ghost " and "Hail H.I.M." are some of his best works.
I've just ordered more burning spear for my collection and wanted to spread the word on this living legend.
on 8 December 2009
This album is absolutely phenomenal. I first bought it on cassette in the early '80s, bought it again on CD recently and it's worth every penny and more. Slap it on, crank it up, utter bliss.
on 10 June 2007
Whilst Winston Rodney has released an undoubtably classic stream of albums in his career including farover,social living and marcus garvey to name a few- for me this is his best work,worth it just for the bass work of Aston family man Barrett alone not to mention the dynamic and top notch musicianship of the wailers band, hail h.i.m. represents some of the most interesting and culturally enlightening works in the reggae genre....eloquent lyrics, genuine heartfelt sentiment and quality production make this one of my alltime favourite releases.......basically its an eduaction in rastafarianism and has just some of the best melodies and riddims i have heard in many years as a roots reggae fan, whilst the spear himself is on top form, columbus' riidim has been reworked over the years but this is still the original and best!!!!!!
on 14 October 2015
One of my all time favourite Burning Spear CD, the fact that he shared production with Bob Marley and Wailers member/chief arranger Aston Familyman Barrett gave it that distinctive Tuff Gong Sound, something he has not repeated in his later CDs, where the reliance has been with rock guitar riffs and more repeated lyrics and to attract a wider audience. Not a criticism but it would be good to have still used Familyman in more productions. However his Live in Zenith Paris 1988 was an exception as a brilliant live album..