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Man in the Hills

  • 1. Man In The Hills
    2. It Is Good
    3. No More War
    4. Black Soul
    5. Lion
    6. People Get Ready
    7. Children
    8. Mother
    9. Door Peep
    10. Groovy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8465652

  • Credits

    Burning Spear includes: Winston Rodney.
    Recorded at Randy's Recording Studio and Harry Jay's Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica. Includes liner notes by Carl Gayle.
    Personnel: Winston Rodney (vocals, percussion); Chinna Smith, Roots Kinsley, Ranchie (guitar); Marquis (alto saxophone); "Dirty Harry" Hall (tenor saxophone); Bobbie Ellis (trumpet); Trommie (trombone); W. Lindo, T. Harvey (keyboards); Robbie Shakespeare, Aston "Family Man" Barrett (bass); Horsemouth Wallace (drums); Sticky Skully (percussion).
    Recorded at Harry J Studios, Kingston, Jamaica.
    Along with fellow St. Ann's Parish native Bob Marley, Burning Spear was considered one of the main proponents of reggae when 1976's MAN IN THE HILLS was released. Although "Burning Spear" was used to refer to the vocal trio of Winston Rodney, Rupert Wellington and Delroy Hines, it was Rodney who was rightfully known as Spear (especially since he was the one who borrowed the name from Jomo Kenyatta, hero of Kenyan independence).
    Fueled by devotion to Rastafarianism and a keen interest in educating the world about black culture and history, Spear used a thick groove and plenty of horns as the glue for his fourth album. Always a keenly insightful lyricist, Spear used the desert as a metaphor for spiritual barrenness in "Black Soul," while the ocean becomes symbolic of bounty throughout the bubbly "Children." Spear denounces the evils of Babylon (a remake of his 1969 single "Door Peep"), extols the virtues of pacifism ("No More War"), and makes an uplifting call to enlightenment (the flute-driven "People Get Ready"). After recording this roots-reggae classic, Spear severed his ties with independent producer Jack Ruby, along with Wellington and Hines.

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