Monday, May 11

Culture - Two Sevens Clash: The 30th Anniversary Edition (1977/2007)

"For all its Biblical heft-- the title was taken from a Marcus Garvey prophecy about chaos erupting on 7/7/77-- Culture's reggae classic Two Sevens Clash, like Funkadelic or gospel, took suffering as a means for uplift. Re-sequenced from its original running order, this 30th Anniversary Edition opens with 'I'm Alone in the Wilderness', which singer Joseph Hill does appear to be, for about 20 seconds. The minor key screws up to major, and the second time Hill claims solitude, he's joined by Albert Walker and Kenneth Dayes; Robbie Shakespeare's guitar nods in repose with the rootsiness of a Band record; wet organs drone in the background; an electric piano punctuates Hill's exultations; Sly Dunbar clacks along on drums like their bejeweled rickshaw. The goal here-- not to lose sight of what already feels like heaven on earth-- was deliverance: 'I'm alone with Jah almighty'. ..."
YouTube: Two Sevens Clash: The 30th Anniversary Edition
YouTube: Two Sevens Clash b/w Version

September 2009: Culture, 2011 April: Two Sevens Clash