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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2007
Just had this in the post this morning and it's with regret that I discovered the original ten tracks on this remastered anniversary reissue still sound pretty average, there's a bright-sounding edginess that still grates in a similar way to that of the original Shanachie release. Pity, cos the extra remixes & dub tracks sound fine by comparison, might still be worth picking this up just for the bonus tracks if you're a real fan tho'.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2007
This has always been a favourite of mine since it 1st came out, but until this reissue, I'd forgotten just how good ... Beautiful close harmony vocals & leads from Joseph Hill & some great songs make this one of the best albums from reggae's greatest era. "Two Sevens Clash" still sends a shiver down my spine after 30 yrs - and there's "Pirate Days", "Not ashamed", "See them a come" as well, all powerful & atmospheric.And of course, "Natty Dread Taking Over", evoking the days in the late 70's when rasta did seem a vital force & reggae was going "outernational". This came out when reggae albums tended to be on the short side, so I'm delighted with the xtra dubs/12" trax here, which add another 20 mins or so to the album. Nice contribution from Prince Weedy, a new name to me. Alas my ears are no longer finely attuned enough to detect the remastering glitches alleged by another reviewer - so I'll just say this is 1 of the best reggae albums/reissues ever, enjoy...
Btw, can anyone tell me what is the weird structure - tv set mounted on a pole, with a little tiled roof?! - behind the group in the cover photo?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2009
I bought this album from Dub Vendor in Soho the day they got it in, way back when, and it had everything; brilliant songs, brilliant performances, brilliant engineering, brilliant sound well balanced with a deep hearty punchy bass, superbly balanced drum sounds, perfectly cut-in guitars and keys, and utterly sublime vocals.

I was horrified when the CD impression was released. All the bass was gone, the balance was gone, the awful mastering detracted form the quality of the performences. Not only that, but so little care was taken in the execution of the project they even got the running order of the tracks back to front - what had been side 1 on the vinyl now ran after what had been side 2; 'Jah Pretty Face' sounded oh-so-out-of-place in the middle of the order - just wrong.

I thought this new issue might have recified all those problems, but disappointingly I have to say it hasn't. Yes, they've corrected the running order and yes, the new bonus tracks sound great and are a welcome addition, but sadly the main program sounds as weak and floppy as the original CD issue, with little or no discernable remastering having taken place.

A brilliant, brilliant record sadly spoiled by an amatuerish lack of understanding at the mastering stage.

Such a shame.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2007
Amazing record, amazing dub and deejay bonus tracks.
Must have record, non only for reggae fans. CRUCIAL!

But:
1) does anyone know why the tracklist - of the original 10 songs - is in a different order than the one on the shanachie cd released in 1988? what is the original jamaican tracklist order: this one or that one?
2) the booklet, while interesting and featuring beautiful pictures, could have been a little more organized and well done, speaking of layout and graphic. I'm sorry about this but blood & fire, pressure sounds and auralux have raised standards as far as reggae reissues (and reissues in generally) go... also, there's no picture of the original LP cover, and for a 30th anniversary edition this is kind of disappointing...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2007
Ignore the above review. This is a real classic and one of the best, if not the best, Culture albums ever made. The songs are full of feeling and heart like so many of the great root classics of the early 1970s. The songs are very much in the chanting style that perhaps the previous reviewer does not appreciate so much? If you haven't got this album and you do have a love of reggae, buy it. It won't be a disappointment.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2009
I bought this for a birthday present for HimIndoors. It was just what he wanted (always) and he was v. pleased. It arrived in excellent condition.
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0 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2007
Culture could have made a greatest Hits with at least 20 of their best songs. The collection of songs they have made is formidable. They have hits as far back as the 70's. This album should be much better! I am very disapointed. I have made a much better collection than this one!
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