Wow, second record in the “every 10th record” series and it’s another reggae classic! I wish the ratio of great reggae albums in my collection could hold up to that rate, but it’s very unlikely. Still, this is one of my all-time favorite albums and it really took my reggae listening in different directions when I heard it in the 90s.
I first heard this in the Blood & Fire CD reissue that collected this roots monster with its King Jammy produced dub version. I loved the dub version first, but Horace Andy’s high-pitched and sweet vocals kept punching through the reverb fog until I started wanting to hear the vocals more than the dubs… I started exploring more Horace Andy as a result, and eventually broke through my little “I only listen to ska or dub” reggae corner and discovered more and more vocalists and styles. It all started here!
Origin: This is the vinyl version of that CD reissue, and it’s missing the dub counterpart. Blood & Fire did a lot of promo distribution, and I was still working at a record store when these were reissued — I didn’t get the LP at that record store, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a radio or record store promo that ended up hitting a used bin pretty cheaply in Tucson, AZ for me to scoop up. I mostly listened to the CDs, keeping this record in really superb shape. I should grab the original at some point…and especially the dub original, I love it as well.
Cover: VG+ (some ring wear on the back cover)