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Marcus Garvey

Burning Spear

1975

Marcus Garvey

Album Summary

Marcus Garvey is the third album by reggae artist Burning Spear, released in 1975 on Fox Records in Jamaica and then internationally on Island Records later in the year. The album is named after the Jamaican National Hero and Rastafari movement prophet Marcus Garvey. A dub version of it was released four months later as Garvey's Ghost. This was the first album by Burning Spear recorded for producer Lawrence Lindo, better known by his handle taken from the assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby. Apparently, Lindo and Burning Spear realized the opening track to this album, "Marcus Garvey", on their first meeting. Island Records, whose founder Chris Blackwell had been instrumental in breaking Jamaican reggae artists Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, and Bob Marley to an international audience, then made a deal to release it internationally, but believed the original Jamaican mix of the album to be too threatening, or at least too commercially unviable, for white audiences and therefore remixed it into what they considered a more palatable form, outraging him. The Jamaican release also does not include the final track, "Resting Place", which had only been issued as a single there. The backing musicians, whom Lindo named the Black Disciples, had been assembled from the Soul Syndicate and the Wailers.On July 27, 2010, this album was remastered and released by Universal's Hip-O Records reissue imprint in tandem with the dub version on one compact disc. The album was listed in the 1999 book The Rough Guide: Reggae: 100 Essential CDs.

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Genres

  • Reggae
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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

I've been listening to lots of 1970s reggae lately, so happy to give this another spin. Another record that is clearly important and influential, but which is not one of my favourites. HOWEVER, just as I was thinking how it always sounds a little too slick, I read that the Island release was remixed by the label without the artist's blessing/input. Can't believe I didn't know that. Now listening to the original Jamaican mix for the first time, and it has so much more of the darker, atmospheric sound I look for in roots reggae. Also just generally finding that the record is clicking with me more than it did in the past. None of the tracks are filler, and the instrumentation is great. My only mild criticism is that I'm not a huge fan of Burning Spear's voice (or let's say "the lead singer", since he hadn't yet taken the Spear name for himself). It's good and it fits the whole sound, but it doesn't compare to some 1970s reggae vocals. Overall, loved this a lot more on revisiting (and hearing the original mix).

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

Brilliant album - uplifting and full of righteous anger. Burning Spear is one of the key artists in roots reggae and this is my favourite of his albums. The dub is rather special too.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

I love this album - one of my favourites. If you don't like reggae, I don't think it is going to convert you - but I love the raw elements - his plaintive voice, the 'country' horns, poewrful lyrics in patois etc etc

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Never was into reggae, but always appreciate an album inspired by political and social movements.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Pure distilled passion and energy. Colourful arrangements, meandering and beautiful. (Although I would love to hear the original Jamaican pressing)

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Sun May 30 2021
4

I'm generally a fan of reggae from this era. Reggae is the most amazing genre to me: a musical form originating from such a small geographic area, which was a melting pot of influences, that then evolved into something so distinct and unique and went on to then influence others around the world in turn. I'd be curious to hear the original Jamaican mix. I went on to listen to the dub (instrumental remix) version of the album "Garvey's Ghost" as a follow up bonus listen and I almost like it better.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Love me some good reggae music. Makes you feel like you're relaxing on a beach

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Very solid old school reggae. Reminds me of toots and maytals.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Nice, some reggae! Honestly wouldn't have expected an album like this one here. Without knowing much at all about reggae, I think this album is great. Some great conscious lyricism, contrasted by the pleasant island vibes. I feel like I'm on island time, but I've got a serious zoom call in an hour. This was really enjoyable! Feels much more authentic than the ska/reggae album we had a little while back from The Specials. Favorite tracks: Slavery Days, Marcus Garvey, Tradition, Live Good. Album art: I love this one. The art style is fantastic, the text is bold and strong, and the imagery perfectly conveys the heft of the subject matter. Very, very cool. 4/5

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

I honestly thought that I didn’t like reggae, but I guess I just didn’t like other reggae. This album was really dope and I can see why it belongs here. I don’t know that I’ll listen to it again, but I enjoyed the ride. I also love the talk about Marcus Garvey and the Black Star Line. What a crazy part of history.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

The beats of chill reggae album makes me pine for a nice day on a tropical beach. Listening to the lyrics though, Burning Spear's singing about very serious and unhappy themes: slavery, poverty and oppression. Made me look up information about Marcus Garvey, Burning Spear and Jamaica's political history that I am glad to have learnt.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Allow 'Marcus Garvey' to inform you of another side of the Rastafari movement, well beyond the stereotypical spliff-smoking dreadlock dudes often portrayed on film, and more often than not humorously. You won’t find any humor from lead vocalist Burning Spear, though, nor the Winston Rodney and Phillip Fullwood’s lyrics he’s singing. Neither is there any reference to the spiritual value of marijuana. This is all about political activism, and inspired by one of Jamaica’s greatest, prophet Marcus Garvey. But ‘no one remember old Marcus Garvey,’ Burning Spear laments, while imploring his fellow Jamaicans (throughout the entire album) to ‘humble yourself and become one day somehow you will remember him.’ For keeping the memory alive honors those who paved the way for us, and is a daily exercise in a faith in a righteous God who will one day enact divine retribution on the wicked, making things right. This is old school, old testament. The clicking of horses’ hooves may be heard in the drums, the throb of the low bottom bass like the rumbling of chariot wheels, with brave horns leading the charge. This is pure Reggae music, the sound of the soil. And Burning Spear is tilling it up. Lyrically, unquestionably Rastafarian, and so always implying, ‘or else.’ On ‘The Invasion,’ for example, humility is called forth from the people, manifesting in the practice of ‘wadada (love),’ but for the purpose of appeasing divine wrath. Now, I suppose, being a humble, loving person for whatever reason is a better practice than being arrogantly hateful or hatefully arrogant; still, an awful lot of this LP was forecasting righteous payback on the wicked, and redemption for the oppressed, but said redemption dependent upon the condition of a show of genuine humility. Again, always in the background of the lead vocalist’s admonition to ‘Do right,’ for example, on the opening song, is the silent refrain, ‘Or else.’ No mercy for the wicked may be found here, nor ‘shall (they) enter this (Jordan) river… Jordan river a go roll.’ ‘You go your ways, and I go mine,’ Burning Spears states on ‘Give Me.’ I demand you give me, and in the widest possible application, my freedom. Or else. While I don't share that theological understanding, I am at least familiar with it, as well as the lives of some of those with whom this kind of liberation theology resonates. ‘Slavery Days’ was the most difficult, but instructive song to listen to, with its painful recount of the abominable commerce of slavery. It’s a litany of sorrow to the repeated refrain of ‘Do you remember the days of slavery?’ But again, to the accompaniment of optimistic, hopeful horns rising above the drone downtempo vibe underneath, as if to caution the listener to not allow the significance of their lives and deaths to be lost. Black lives matter. More than matter. There is a bigger picture. ‘Garvey’s old yet young.’

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Normally not a reggae guy, but I really enjoyed this record. The vibe was great, I enjoyed the political angles of it, and the more laid-back angles too. Loved the inclusion of the flute, and loved the unique vocals (see "Tradition") Guess I should check some more real roots reggae. Favorite tracks: "Marcus Garvey", "Slavery Days", "Live Good"

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

My first concert was Jimmy Cliff, of whom I was totally ignorant. Burning Spear opened and I was blown away by the stage presence and the bass. I got into Jimmy Cliff but never followed up on Burning Spear's work. This is fantastic for a reggae novice like myself. Love the combination of politics and art.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Reggae really isn't my thing but this might be some of the best I've heard. It's somewhat a shame that it is clear that there is a message that is so specific to the Jamaican context and black experience that I only begin to understand. There are surely those who get a lot more out of the content of the lyrics than I ever will. I will say that the lyrics have a haunting quality to them and yet a certain melancholy to some of the songs, not necessarily for what was but for what could have been. It is a beautiful but heavy album. There are movies that I have watched that I describe as great movies that I will never watch again, and I have finally found my musical equivalent. I'm glad to have listened to it but it is unlikely that I will seek it out again, but I am interested in exploring more of Burning Spear's discography though.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

very good, will listen again

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

If you’re a Marley fan, this is fantastic

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Groovy and poignant

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

pretty chill. i haven't really listened to reggae albums outside of bob marley. it's interesting to listen to more perspectives about black oppression.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Loved it.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Was good

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Dope reggae album. Want to keep track of this one so I’m giving it a 5. Good music for hanging

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

An OKs favorite of mine. Brilliant album..Winston Rodney's singing is incredible especially on Days of Slavery Not sure what else there is to say . 5 🌟

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

1975 - Reggae

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Splendid. Musically flawless, such a warm, rich sound. Lyrics are mournful but ultimately spiritual and full of hope. Fave Songs: The Invasion, Jordan River, Marcus Garvey, Red Gold and Green, Live Good

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Great album, resting place, slavery days.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

This is different gravy! Top tier roots reggae - cool arrangements and a conceptual consistency that lends the album a rare potency. Burning Spear has a helluva voice. Love it.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

I'd heard the first two tracks before quite a bit, but the rest was new and showed a lot of depth. Will likely add to the rotation and learn more about this album.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

The most emotionally intense reggae album I've evert heard. It is evident in every note Winston Rodney sings. His singing is a tour de force, the songs are compelling and the music matches the intensity of the singing. 5 🌟

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

That's some very adorable music!! Relaxing, refreshing, perfect for afternoon work BGM.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

grooviest mf album I’ve heard all month 10/10, tragically short tho

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

So good I played it twice in quick succession. A beautiful album. I know *of* Burning Spear but this was a lovely deep dive into an album’s worth of his work. Need to listen to lots more I think. Particularly enjoyed Tradition on first spin. The harmonies throughout are fantastic. And that voice…excellent. This is how music with a message should be done.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Listening to a lot of reggae these days, not sure why. It seems to have a purity of purpose and authenticity that just resonates with me. Music I need these days, I guess. Burning Spear really does the job, bringing on good feelings and a sense of clarity. Roots and culture! One Love!

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Awesome, especially in the current mini heatwave here! Love a bit of reggae, and using it to tell the story of one of my all-time heroes is genius. Hard to pick a best track so I'll say Al of them!

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

the first reggae album i’ve ever really listened to. i cant super judge it, but i really enjoyed listening to it, and it was super political. felt it dragged a bit on the late first side, but there are some really excellent songs.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Roots Reggae at its finest, absolute classic album. From the lead off title track through he whole album not a bad song.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

absolute vibez

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Good old school Soul

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Power to the people

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Thu Jan 07 2021
4

Reggae

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Solid roots reggae. Worth revisiting.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

raggaee

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Cool reggae. Good background music for working (though I feel bad for listening so casually when he's actually singing about slavery and stuff)

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Bestial

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Heerlijk reggae album met wat bekende hits erop

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

I like it - not sure why the horns are a bit flat in places - but great album!

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Well made.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Hardcore

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Sat May 01 2021
4

I wish I were a more astute judge of reggae and dub. But I like this a great deal.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Feels like a political bob marley- it’s been a while since I listened to reggae. Nice a chill on a warm day vibes

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Solid reggae sound throughout, happy to have heard this.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Really good, i didn't think I would like reggae enough to listen to the whole project.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album. It is very beachy and reminded me of being in Jamaica

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

The best summer reggae vibes

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Good reggae music. What more is there to say

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

oooo reggae. i have no feels really. i’m here for it, let’s go.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Great album. Funky and fun and energetic in places and quiet snd comptemplative in others. Woke as SHIT. Felt that struggle

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Sun May 23 2021
4

very enjoyable. good one.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

Awesome.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

not bad at all, roots reggae, lyrics on spot

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

reggae guapo

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Rollito ska y reggae

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Del chill

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Muy fresco

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

I've never really listened to reggae and this was so good! Great lyrics, good bops

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Brilliant reggae album.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Really like the vibe. Will listen again and investigate more!

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Love a bit of reggae

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Pretty good vintage reggae

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Reggae clásico. Tranquilo. Buen disco

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Really enjoyed this album.... the whole reggae scene is very relaxing and carefree... sets the mood for time off from work and siesta time!!

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Bouncy and fun yet relaxing at the same time. This was a fantastic reggae album I really enjoyed.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

First Time listening: 8/10 songs liked While I personally prefer more ska rooted and and more melodic reggae (the name leaves me at the moment) this is an overall enjoyable album! No songs saved

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Thu May 06 2021
4

favorite tracks marcus garvey, give me, old marcus garvey

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Mon May 17 2021
4

overall just a massive vibey sounding album i wanted to dance to slavery days aha would definitely listen again: 6/10

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Enjoyed this. Great reggae!

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Solid reggae album. Excellent example of the genre, well-produced, and generally quite interesting. It does go on a bit, though. At some point, all the songs start to blur together into a low-tempo, dubby, backbeat hash. Not in a bad way, necessarily... it just gets a bit old by the end.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Wat reggae is leuk voor de verandering

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Burning Spear has the vibes.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

so very good.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Classic "roots" vibes. Crack open a can of Lilt and enjoy.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

You have to listen if you like reggae

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

An album I know well. Listening on a grey, windy, rainy day - spirits lifted. Saw Burning Spear live at the Tower Ballroom, Birmingham under the plastic palm trees. Female brass section were - jaw-dropping. Came on a 1.00 am. to an amazing intro - just GLARED at the crowd. Power died after 30 seconds. Came back over an hour later to do it all again. One of the great concerts.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Really enjoying my first real journeys into the classic reggae albums.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

Banger!

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

Sharp reggae with lively instrumentation

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Great classic reggae sound with strong anti-colonial, pro-black unity lyrics. Frequent use of echo/repetition of hooks by back up vocals for emphasis. Island drums/instruments mixed with brass/wind, with funky bass.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Honestly there aren’t many reggae albums that I don’t enjoy. Great vibes

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Not bad at all

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Groovy! Raggae? Nice sound. I enjoyed it.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Enjoyed this, chilled vibe while delivering a hard hitting message

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Political reggae. I learned about Marcus Garvey.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Buen reggae

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Easy listening for work, liked it!

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Enjoyed quite a bit. Nice to listen to.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Loved it

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Reggae kinda makes me some out but maybe that’s the point? Definitely enjoyed and will listen again

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Groovy!

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Solid 4 star beautiful singing, tight band and rhythm, educational yet danceable and uplifting. How can you not love it? Maybe a bit too much of the same feel to make it to a five star.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

I generally like reggae and didn’t dislike this album. It wasn’t 5/5 for me and the songs weren’t always distinctive, but it was good. The beats and instruments were classic reggae and I really liked this. The lyrics weren’t as well performed but were still good.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

I like some reggae but don't really love it. It's nice mood music for that summer laid-back vibe, but I think it might have gotten ruined for me in my early 20s when I heard just way too much of it because so many of my peers would listen to it all the time (mostly college classmates). I have to remove the negative association I have with it because of that and really listen to the music. And I don't want to lump all reggae together, of course. I'm re-listening to this as its own work. It's nice. It's good. I really do like the vibe. I have to admit I do feel good when I hear it. Nice groove, catchy melody lines.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

* Reggae & SKA(?) decent enough, not too long. Gets better as it goes on.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Adoro este álbum. Brilhante porque feito com raiva. Justa. "Reggae roots" com elementos brutos e voz melancólica

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

What a great album. I never listen to reggae so this album was a great surprise. Good beats, good vibes, and great lyrics.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Listened to this one a few times before.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Classic Rasta Reggae from a contemporary of Bob Marley

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Du reggae. Je suis pas expert, mais j'aime beaucoup

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Wow, this one caught me off guard. I really enjoyed this entire album. Would listen to it again.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Super vibey and jammy. More so than Marley.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

ég hafði gaman að þessari en ekki það mikið að ég nenni að hlusta aftur og aftur, ég gef samt mörgum svoleiðis plötum 4 og þessi var alveg definitely 4 stjörnur finnst mér

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Very good reggae tunes with it's own identity. Favorites: "Marcus Garvey", "Slavery Days", "Live Good"

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Настроение явно не для этой музыки, хотя она нормальная

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Pretty good. Not a ton to see, nice to see reggae roots

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

finally some reggae

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Jordan river

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Totally new to me. Never heard of this group. Enjoyed the sound. Quite fun. B-

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

I was expecting a burning spear of anger and righteousness and got a welcoming circle of friends warming their hands.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

Probably one of the most consistently excellent reggae albums I have ever listened to. Not really my genre, but I really enjoyable listen nonetheless.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

Some great old-school raggae from the 70s. This is when raggae was particularly good.

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Mon May 02 2022
4

Was good, not really sure what genre

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Tue May 10 2022
4

Unknown to me before listening, and I really enjyoed it. I like the way Reggae mixes chill beats that make you think of relaxing on a beach with a beer, and lyrical themes that are many times anything but relaxing, talking savlery, poverty, politics and other social issues.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Huge fan of Marcus Garvey, so unsurprisingly a tribute record to him by a reggae band is really fucking cool.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Intense and authentic reggae.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Reggae is definitely a genre I need to explore more. I really dig this album though. The instrumentation is catchy and the lyrics are poignant and deep.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Funny one, as each and every track on here is superb, roots rock reggae at its finest. But overall there’s not change in pace, tone, structure… so it’s hard to rate it as an album. Still some crackers on here though.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

70's reggae always transports me to a very specific mindset of fuck everything and chill. Not fuck it like have sex with it, but fuck it like "fuck it, man". You know what I mean. I am bake. Good stuff.

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Sat May 21 2022
4

Enjoyed this

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Sun May 22 2022
4

Reggae

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Nice to hear some non-Marley reggae. Great stuff. Fave track - Hmmm, toss up between "Slavery Days", "Give Me", and "Resting Place"...

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

A great reggae album, from my favourite era of reggae music. Also - love an album that's 10 songs, 3 minutes each.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

This wasn't available on my streaming service so I had to listen to it on YouTube. I thought it was great. I think I would have liked it even more without the adverts for the Donkey Sanctuary between every track.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

Deeeeep riddims,! Big Up!

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Punkkarina arvostaa kun systeemiä vastaan voi kapinoida tällai lungiuden ja letkeyden keihästä heiluttaen! Jah! 4/5

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

The reggae rhythms are immaculate, and the texts make sense. However, the songs are a bit formulaic.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Really enjoyed this. Mellow and really tuneful. Definitely worth another listen.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

toooop

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

A solid reggae album.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Tutto molto bello, mi piace il reggae immagino.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

I didn’t realize how much I wanted to listen to reggae on my drive until this album started.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

reggae is so nice, i enjoyed this album although no particular song stood out and it went by fast

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Good reggae. Some serious topics that I've not heard or at least haven't registered to me in my previous limited exposure to reggae.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Great album!

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

I guess I like reggae! Lots of historical context to unpack here while bein a catchy an chill vibe

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Very nice enjoyable raggae record with an interesting message

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

Really good album. 4/5

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

First listen. Loved Burning Spear and listened to lots in high school.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Distinct memory of pulling this for a college radio show - no recollection what inspired it, I wasn’t much of a reggae listener and had probably never heard anything besides a Bob Marley greatest hits album. I also remember actually reading up on Marcus Garvey as a result, though typical of my early 90s memories it’s hard to recall how I did so in those pre-internet days. I guess I must have gone to the damn library. Anyway my first introduction to the wider world of reggae and dub.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Cool grooves. Dig it.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Good old school reggae

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Impressive roots reggae album with a powerful message and entertaining sounds.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

I can’t understand why Marley is the only reggae I’ve heard when there are bands like this out. 4/5

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Beyond Bob Marley, I’m not too familiar with reggae. This album however felt very familiar. Beside the classic reggae beat, Burning Spear incorporated a lot of soul and almost Motown like motifs. The music had a great groove and was a lot of fun to listen to. The lyrics confront a colonial legacy and elaborate on Rastafarian beliefs. Burning Spear want the listener to know who they are, what they stand for, and what they believe.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

Een beetje dansen op politiek geïnteresseerde teksten. Kan alleen bij reggae. Tof plaatje wel

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Pretty great reggae

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Was feeling 3 early on but liked it even more than expected. Good album

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

classic 70s raggae.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
4

Nodded along all the way through 3.9

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

This isn’t your “relaxing on the beach” reggae. This is political and angry. Essential listening.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Strong album and I love the social/political commentary. I've never really listened to much reggae and listening to this genuinely showed me that I should amend that which is honestly a big part of why I even started this project to begin with. Favourite tracks (in no particular order): Jordan River, Slavery Days, Marcus Garvey, and The Invasion.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

I think I have discovered a hidden fondness for Reggae music. I love the vibes, lyrics, sounds, and voices. Sometimes it does blend together and sound similar, but it's something I found that I could listen for long periods of time.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
4

4.0

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Reggae is not one of my regular, go-to genres and in many instances I would probably say, "it's not my thing." BUT, I do appreciate the subversive political message of some reggae, and this album hits that mark on the head. Far from the stereotype of laid back party music to listen to while you smoke pot on the beach, this album is edgy and angry, with a powerful political message. Musically, I don't like it as well as Bob Marley (but that's a high bar), but perfect production and instrumentation isn't everything. This album is very cool, and I can see why it's on the list. I'd probably give it a 3.4-3.7 if I had more granular options, but I'll round up to 4/5 because it's different and cool.

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Sat Nov 28 2020
3

Solid album 7,3/10

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Sun Jan 10 2021
3

Not a bad album, it sounds good. But reggae is not my genre 100% so it doesn't appeal that much to me but can still appreciate it

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Pretty great reggae album, but as previously stated, it's not really my jam unless I'm in the right setting. Would listen again, but wouldn't seek it out. 3 stars.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

average reggae album.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

This was ok, can never differentiate good from bad Reggae but it's enjoyable to listen to. Also read Marcus Garvey's wikipedia while listening and learnt a fair bit. Interesting guy with some controversial views

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Not a huge reggae fan. I like it as background but don't know enough to know what's good and what isn't. Either way this was A okay.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Good solid reggae

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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

Good Reggae but Reggae is not my thing

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Background protest music

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

This album was good, but I lost interest pretty early. There were interesting sounds, but they were fairly repetitive.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
3

p decent reggae - C

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Sun Jan 17 2021
3

Good calm feel, but not compelling to me.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Chilled, beautiful album. Short (33 mins) but good, would listen again.

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Sun May 30 2021
3

It's Reggae. It's fine.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Reggae. Not my jam.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Some of the best in reggae

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

7/10

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Good reggae vibes.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

i enjoyed this

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Interesting.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Perhaps I didn't give this one enough of my attention but it didn't massively stand out. A few on there were really cool, but the rest just sort of blurred into one

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Enjoyable listen. My reggae knowledge is not discerning enough to dig too deep into this or pick up on the subtleties between tracks. But this album is relaxing and unobtrusive to have on in the background on a Tuesday.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Not terrible, a good change up

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Loved the vibe

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

It's an album of reggae, which is perfectly fine.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

Roots Reggae and Dub are my favourite types of Reggae as you can really settle into the hypnotic groove. This record starts off great with Marcus Garvey but it after that it gets a bit preachy and one note sounding.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

Honestly pretty good considering I’m not a big reggae fan. The songs kinda blend together annoyingly and his accent isn’t my favorite but I can tell the album is about important stuff and it’s short enough so as to not get boring. This also prompted me to look up Marcus Garvey, who was a very odd person.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

I'm a huge fan of reggae! I'm not afraid to say that I am openly reggae but don't ask me what type of bass I prefer (I might be more of a rude boy). This wasn't my most favorite reggae but I can't complain when there are so many worse albums I've listened to on this list. Only Red, Gold and Green stood out to me, but I enjoyed listening all the way through on this and hope more reggae finds its way onto this list. Very cool album cover as well, there was a Marcus Garvey center at UNC that we had to patrol the lot of so theres some good memories around that, on top of everything Marcus did as a person.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Tiene buenos temas, pero sigo siendo mas del estilo de Bob Marley en relación con este ritmo.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

A very political album. I remember the title track well. It got a lot of play at CKCU back in the day and forced me to find out who Marcus Garvey was (not so easy before wikipedia). I find the production kinda muddy, even for the seventies, but it was better the second time round with the volume and sub-woofer turned UP.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

Pleasant enough to listen to, but probably wouldn't bother with it a second time.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

Not bad! Not really my style so hard for me to judge

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Liked it!

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

nice

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

Good reggae. I like the horns.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Reggae. Roots reggae. Reggae. Best Tracks: Marcus Garvey, The Invasion, Tradition

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Wed May 19 2021
3

enjoyable as someone who likes reggae, but it sounds like a lot of the reggae from the period. felt somewhat forgettable after marcus garvey and slavery days

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Good vibe

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