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Black Uhuru Black Sounds Of Freedom Vinyl LP 2012

Original price £22.99 - Original price £22.99
Original price
£22.99 - £22.99
Current price £22.99
Cat no. GREL23

This record is Black Uhuru's first album (though a few very rare singles appeared prior) and is produced by the often-overlooked Prince Jammy. Founder Duckie Simpson was seemingly at a loss when Black Uhuru's first incarnation broke up in the early '70s; however, he was subsequently able to convince Michael Rose (aka Mykal Rose) to join the group, which is where the magic began.

BLACK SOUNDS OF FREEDOM has a lush intensity rivaled by few roots LPs. With a strong dub slant to the rhythm tracks, Michael Rose's voice floats effortlessly on emotional tracks such as "Satan Army Band," and the classic "I Love King Selassie." Rose was and continues to be a master of infusing rhythm tracks with a haunting charm that consumes the listener, and is one of the few singers to tackle a Marley tune ("Natural Mystic") without disgracing the original. Sly & Robbie, Earl Lindo and a host of other greats (including the popular roots singer Johnny Osbourne on harmonica) provide the foundation for this classic release. While not as breathtaking as the band's early '80s material, the raw talent and skill are nevertheless obvious. BLACK SOUNDS OF FREEDOM is certainly a worthwhile addition to any collection.