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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Militant, tender and always intelligent
Surely one of the most satisfying of all reggae albums, as Bunny is, by turn, militant and tender but always intelligent. "Knock and it shall be opened/Seek and Ye Shall Find/Wisdom is Found in the Simplest of Places in the Nick of Time."
His voice is as expressive as ever - with the backing adding to the subtlety. Sounds as good, maybe better, now that when it came...
Published on 2 Feb 2004 by Gareth Smyth

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2.0 out of 5 stars not my taste
I figured that being one of the wailers and judging the cover that this would be quite rootsy- music just a bit soft for me -thought it would be heavier .
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Militant, tender and always intelligent, 2 Feb 2004
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Gareth Smyth "Enjilos" (County Mayo, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blackheart Man (Audio CD)
Surely one of the most satisfying of all reggae albums, as Bunny is, by turn, militant and tender but always intelligent. "Knock and it shall be opened/Seek and Ye Shall Find/Wisdom is Found in the Simplest of Places in the Nick of Time."
His voice is as expressive as ever - with the backing adding to the subtlety. Sounds as good, maybe better, now that when it came out over 20 years ago.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best roots reggae albums ever, 25 April 2006
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freewheeling frankie (north London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blackheart Man (Audio CD)
By far the least prolific songwriter of the original Wailers trio (with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh), Bunny nevertheless began his solo career with an album that equalled any album by Marley or Tosh - it's a shame he never managed to make another one as good as this.

Blackheart Man is a gentle record and where Bunny has a militant message he makes his point far less stridently than Peter Tosh would have done. While it is steeped in Rastafarianism, it largely eschews the roots-by-numbers lyrics that are particularly prevalent both in modern roots reggae and to a lesser extent during the 1970s - he actually has something to say, and a gorgeous melody to sing it to.

It's hard to single out the best tracks as the overall standard is very consistent, but the upful Bide Up, the gently militant Fighting Against Conviction, the beautiful title track and the amazing adaptation of the old gospel song This Train are all superb and they're not the only ones.

If you like Bob Marley's more reflective and tuneful material, you'll like this, if you already have a lot of roots reggae and haven't heard this then I guarantee it's better than nearly anything else you'll hear in the genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seek and Ye Shall Find, 30 Aug 2001
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Gareth Smyth "Enjilos" (County Mayo, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Surely one of the most satisfying of all reggae albums, as Bunny is, by turn, militant and tender but always intelligent. "Knock and it shall be opened/Seek and Ye Shall Find/Wisdom is Found in the Simplest of Places in the Nick of Time." His voice is as expressive as ever - with the backing adding to the subtlety. Sounds as good, maybe better, now that when it came out over 20 years ago.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever - of any style of music, 18 Dec 2006
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Steve McCredie (Blackpool, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Blackheart Man (Audio CD)
This album has been criminally overlooked in virtually every 'classic regggae albums' type round-up that I've read, and that baffles me. This is Bunny Wailer, refreshed and revitalised, free from the constraints of international touring with The Wailers, and releasing the finest piece of roots reggae you'll probably ever hear. From the flute introduction of the title track, to Bunny's epic re-interpretation of the classic 'This Train' - it's miles better than anything Bob did after the original trio split up. If you are in any way interested in reggae, or just music with a groove, you can't go wrong here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival of the fittest, 22 April 2008
This review is from: Blackheart Man (Audio CD)
An album of consistent quality (all killers no fillers) is arguably a rarity in reggae; think of even the best Bob Marley albums there are high low points. Most historic Reggae music comes from a time where the single ruled rather than the album concept. This is an album with a flowing consistency and concept.

Previous reviewers are rightly in rapture over it; it is one of the finest reggae albums I have ever known. Its not a listen once a week or month type album like some are, but when your in the mood for it will be waiting there for you on the shelve and you'll be glad it is.

Sound wise it's perhaps of a rougher quality than the famous Marley records. Its definitely more roots. It has an element of Nyabhingi to the style of playing and the choice of instruments, but with a modern (70's) vibe to it. The star of the show is Bunny's vocals. Whilst this album features Tosh as a player and some backing vocals by others (including Bob) most of the vocals you hear are Bunny. If I had to sum this album up I call it a reverb drenched soup of the beautiful harmonies and the many textures of Bunny's voice.

I think this album would suit someone bridging the gap between being interested in Bob Marley and becoming obsessed by Reggae.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars your heart will be opened up by this, 28 April 2007
This review is from: Blackheart Man (Audio CD)
this is an album of great subtlety, reggae is in the background in this music in favour of Bunny the poet yet the musical tones and nuances are so softly and delicately intertwined with the delicious evoctive vocal that at the end of the album you are left at equal times drained yet invigorated. Am I making sense? Don't die before you have listened to this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bunny's Best, 14 May 2009
This review is from: Blackheart Man (Audio CD)
This is Bunny's best offering to the field of reggae. The voicals on this album are simply beautiful. In many ways Bunny had the best voice of all the wailers. Although Tosh and Marley had distinctive tones rarely could they reach the subtlety of Bunny's voice. Although its difficult to pick one track that stands out from the others I recommend track two for this honour. Its not so much what is said, although that is powerful,its the background instumentals to the verses. Listen to the pipe, flute and other instrunments that form the main background of the sung verses and the softness of how they are played, you will then understand why I pick this track. Considering that Tosh and Marley both worked on this album as singers as musicians its a fantastic buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all-time classic of 70s roots reggae, 4 July 2000
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This review is from: Blackheart Man (Audio CD)
this is essential to any half-decent collection of reggae from the classic period. Bunny Wailer's beautiful, yearning voice blends with classic drums/bass/horns rhythms, expressing the core beliefs and way of life of the rastaman in truly inspiring fashion. Recorded for the Island label, but no compromise, no sell-out in evidence here. Instead Island's involvement facilitated a thoroughly well-crafted and thoughtfully-conceived album, wholly satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reggae albums of all time, 12 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Blackheart Man (Audio CD)
After making this album there was only one way for Bunny Wailer to go. This album is peerless in terms of concept, musicianship, clarity of mix, lyrics - it has and will continue to stand the test of time. Battering Down Sentence is a great piece of music biography and poetry. Other great songs like 'Bide Up', Fig Tree and 'Dreamland' illustrate Jah B's sense of melody - there isn't a dud track on this CD. There are also background inputs from Peter Tosh and Bob Marley. The only downside is that in CD format you lose the artistry of the cover as it was in vinyl. The artwork on the originally jacket was worthy of display in an art gallery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In all Righteousness!!, 17 July 2008
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Mr. J. Grant "ziggi" (brum/uk) - See all my reviews
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`Question is does Bunny sound like Bob, or does Bob sound like Bunny!? No matter, the inspirational source is the same and the result is exultation, as the Blackheart man gives praise to the most high!

Purchased as an after thought while looking for some Burning Spear, this album has kept me so sweet since buying it over a week ago. Tracks 5 & 7 are the only weak points on this solid Roots- Rock- Steady offering. `The Oppressed Song' and `Bide Up' are like medicine for the soul. Buy this. I defy you to be disappointed!
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