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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0001CVBAU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

Culture had already released the seminal Two Sevens Clash (recently ranked #25 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 'The 50 Coolest Records') when they signed up with Sonia Pottinger's High Note label. Licensed Virgin subsidiary, Front Line, the best tracks from their trio of High Note albums Harder Than The Rest, Cumbolo, and International Herb are collected on this compilation.

Despite backing from the rhythmic powerhouse that is Sly & Robbie the bulk of these trackseschew the heavy productions so prevalent of the era. Dub influence is conspicuous by its absence, save for the closing "Citizen As A Peaceful Dub."

Indeed, Culture were very much about the dread lyrics of Joseph Hill and here, above all else, the message is king. Equal rights and cultural emancipation for Rastafarians is the order of the day in Hill's strictly narrative flow. Such narrow themes could make for a fairly dense listen but repeated plays reveal hidden subtleties - not least the broad scope of the production where all varieties of instrumentation weave into the mix.

Highlights include the killer chorus of "Work On Natty", the celebratory brass 'n' whistles fanfare on "The International Herb" and the mournful yet defiant blues of "Too Long In Slavery".Throughout the albumHill brings an eloquent poetry to the sufferers lament.

Emphasising the inherent difficulties of combining western economics with business practices JA-style, Front Line was to disintegrate soon after the release of International Herb in 1979. The notion of tying reggae artists to restrictive recording contracts is something that major labels are only now regarding as a bad idea. Culture would continue sporadically throughout the 80s and 90s, releasing the acclaimed comeback album World Peace in 2003.

Although the tracks collected here don't quite live up to the quality found on Two Sevens Clash, they are atestament to the band's enduring appeal.

Reviewer: Adam Webb --Jack Smith

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Culture are roots. They take their music seriously and they produce quality. This is the thinking person's reggae, exemplified in the Rasta hymn 'Holy Mount Zion' - zaps me right in the spine and my hair stands on end. Not a pretty sight, but fortunately I don't appear on the cover.
They do. They look the business.
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Am so happy for being able to get this particular CD. Remember my school old days. I love it.
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HASH(0x8c055750) out of 5 stars A global message from the enduring Rastaman 8 Aug. 2004
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Has slavery manifested and evolved itself into new more sublime forms? Culture's "Too Long Slavery" could start such a debate! We can all see today that the world needs prayer and a whole lot of it - as there really is so much trouble in the world.

Its almost strange and ironic that only rastamen and folk singers seem to be totally concerned with saving the earth and the soul of mankind musically! For decades Roots artists have been busy singing 'this message music' and only those who seeked englightenment and awarenes were basically buying this music.

Culture from 1979 where belting out tunes like "Fussing and fighting", "Behold", "Natty Never Get weary" and "Natty work on"...in 2004 maybe its time we all have a good listen to this spiritual and excellent musical roots message.
HASH(0x8c0557b0) out of 5 stars Pure Roots 22 Jun. 2004
By Reggae Roots Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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At first i liked just "international herb" and "Too long in slavery", but when I listened it more and more I started letting my friends hear how good the entire CD is. What more can I say when a all the songs are good. Plus the music is what got me more into it. The band plays spectacular. my favorite on this album since then is Behold & Stop fussing and fighting. Buy it if you are a roots rock reggae fan.
HASH(0x8c3f187c) out of 5 stars Best of Culture 5 Jun. 2002
By R. Hannam - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is almost identical to a late 70's vinyl album called Vital Selection, and it still is a vital selection. This CD covers the best of their early work, and every track is a stunner. If you love reggae and you can only buy one more CD between now and the day you are gathered unto the Lord, make it this one, you will not be disappointed. Buy it now. Thats an order from Rob.
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HASH(0x8c055a38) out of 5 stars great vocal harmonies~ 28 Feb. 2015
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not my favorite~
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