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Jah Is Real

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The Cruise
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Step It
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You Were Wrong
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Run For Your Life
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Jah Is Real
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People In High Places
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One Africa
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Grandfather
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Wickedness
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Stick to The Plan
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No Compromise
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700 Strong
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Grassroot
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Step It Remix
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 68:06

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tn-rudeboy

Encoder [LAME3.97] Encoder Options [--preset standard -b32 --lowpass 18600] Average Bitrate [187 kbps vbr]

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Not my favorite Spear..

tn-rudeboy

I tend to be a little more old school favoring Burning Spear's roots reggae style sound of the past. However, if you like a dance hall beat, this one should suit you well. It has good tight rhythms, and of course the vocals sound as good as ever. The average bit rate is around 190 kbps.

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Reggae’s Ba-Ba Boom Time

By Lenny Kaye, Contributor

Despite the fire and brimstone that characterized reggae's revolutionary emergence in the 1970s, I have always had an abiding affection for the evolutionary period that immediately preceded that breakthrough, when the music seemed caught between two worlds. The style is usually referred to as rocksteady - post-Ska, but still experimenting with and expanding the possibilities of that one-drop, loping afterbeat; and though Rastafarian ideology was already beginning to swiftly gospelize the music (anthemed most notably… more »

They Say All Music Guide

The reggae record business has been a snakepit for decades, and few have been as cruelly used by it as the legendary Winston Rodney (aka Burning Spear), a man whose recordings have helped build the foundation of roots reggae music and one who has struggled to survive financially for most of his career. Now living in Queens and running his own label, Rodney is not only finally reaping the just rewards of his hard work but also singing and writing at the peak of his powers. Jah Is Real is one of the strongest entries in his monumental catalog. It uses modern technology and recording techniques to deepen and strengthen his signature sound: a dry, heavy blend of horns, chanted melodies, two-ton basslines, and devotional lyrics. On this album he’s helped out by what might seem at first like an unlikely duo: bassist Bootsy Collins and keyboardist Bernie Worrell, both charter members of Parliament Funkadelic. But the disconnect is only superficial: funk and reggae have deep roots in common, and both Bootsy and Bernie fit into the band with seamless ease. Highlight tracks include the resolutely rocking “People in High Places,” the contemplative “Step It,” the calypso-inflected “One Africa,” and especially, the simple and moving title track. As with most Burning Spear albums, though, this one isn’t characterized by sharp high and low points; it’s a slow and steady journey through the soul and mind of one of reggae music’s most beloved figures, and it moves with all the irresistible momentum of an elephant herd. Very highly recommended. – Rick Anderson

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