Black Uhuru – Red

At least someone's happy they made a record.

At least someone’s happy they made a record.

For all my admiration of Black Uhuru’s The Dub Factor (bought from Catapilla Records in Exeter, it was the first non-Marley reggae record [actually a pirate cassette] I owned), I never followed it up apart from picking up the earlier, so-so Black Sounds of Freedom on Greensleeves till Cat Protection in Tenterden hacked this up for me. Factor contains versions of songs from Uhuru’s TAXI Productions albums Chill Out and Red and is how I’m used to hearing “Youth of Eglington”, “Sponji Reggae”, etc.–effectively, it’s how I thought they sounded–so it was weird hearing the songs with melodies still intact prior to their deconstruction.  In fact, the songs are pretty skeletal to begin with; the combination of Sly & Robbie’s ghostly riddims and the interplay of the three Uhuru vocalists is unique, fresh sounding and quite haunting.

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

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