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Burning Spear ‎– Marcus Garvey


Island Records

Burning Spear ‎– Marcus Garvey


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Burning Spear is the stage name of Winston Rodney OD, a Jamaican roots reggae singer and musician. One of the most influential and long-standing Rastafarian roots artists to emerge from the 1970s.

Influenced heavily by the Pan-African views of political activist and Rastafari movement prophet Marcus Garvey, the third album by Burning Spear is aptly named after the activist, released in 1975 on Island Records.

‘This was the first album by the group recorded for Island Records, whose founder Chris Blackwell had been instrumental in breaking Jamaican reggae artists Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, and Bob Marley to an international audience. It was produced by Lawrence Lindo, better known by his handle taken from the assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby. Apparently, upon their first meeting, Lindo and vocalist Winston Rodney realized the opening track to this album, "Marcus Garvey." The backing musicians, whom Lindo named the Black Disciples, had been assembled from the Soul Syndicate and the Wailers.’ - Wiki

“Easily the most overtly political of the great mid-‘70s roots reggae albums, Winston Rodney’s 1975 magnum opus Marcus Garvey is a strange beast, to say the least. One of those marvellously idiosyncratic albums that come along every now and then where the lyrical sentiment or vocal delivery happily and willingly contradict the mood or sound of the actual music (think Comus’ First Utterance, early Smiths, Panic at the Disco’s Pretty. Odd.). Musically, for the most part, Marcus Garvey is classic bouncy Jamaican period reggae: catchy, mellow and drowning in horns, with a groove to die for. … If you don’t already own a copy of Marcus Garvey and have even a passing interest in roots reggae, you should be praising Jah for this latest repackaging. You owe it to yourself to pick this up this wonderfully contradictory and endlessly listenable album and see what you’ve been missing all these years.” - PopMatters



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Burning Spear


Marcus Garvey


Island Records


Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram



Release Date:

This reissue: 2014 | Original – 1975




Roots Reggae

Catalog No:

535 147-3