Friday, June 24
Culture - Too Long in Slavery (1977-79)
"This 13-track compilation is culled from Culture's three Front Line releases -- Harder Than the Rest, Cumbolo, and International Herb. All three date from 1978-79, and were overseen by producer Sonia Pottinger. Pottinger had risen in the rocksteady age and was famed for her straightforward, almost gentle, productions, which placed the focus on the singers, not the rhythms or studio effects. She remained a force into the roots age, even while she eschewed the dread sound so popular in the day. Thus, although thematically Culture was a deeply dread band, and were accompanied in the studio by some of the island's heaviest hitting roots musicians, all bolstered by the rhythms of Sly & Robbie, these albums had a much lighter musical feel than most cultural offerings from this time. ..."
YouTube: Too Long in Slavery (Full)
September 2009: Culture, 2011 April: Two Sevens Clash, 2015 May: Two Sevens Clash: The 30th Anniversary Edition (1977/2007).