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Reggae Pulse, Vol. 5: Protest Songs

  • 1. Eve of Destruction - Luciano
    2. One Blood - Junior Reid
    3. Putting Up Resistance - Beres Hammond
    4. Get Up, Stand Up - Peter Tosh
    5. For What It's Worth - Freddie McGregor
    6. Solidarity - Black Uhuru
    7. Working Class Hero - Bushman
    8. Ring the Alarm - Tenor Saw
    9. Universal Soldier, The - Yvad
    10. 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) - Third World
    11. Revolution - Dennis Brown
    12. Soul Rebel - Bob Marley & the Wailers
    13. Blowin' in the Wind - Don Carlos
    14. Africa Must Be Free by 1983 - Hugh Mundell
    15. Same Song, The - Israel Vibration
    16. Better Must Come - Delroy Wilson
    17. Greetings - Half Pint
    18. No More Weapons - Steel Pulse
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80483

  • Credits
    ProducerMicheal Henry; David Hinds; Doctor Dread; George Phang; Hugh Mundell; H. Swaby; Junior Reid; Lee "Scratch" Perry; Paul "Groucho" Smykle; Peter Tosh; Sly & Robbie; Steven Stanley; Tapper Zukie; Third World; Tommy Cowan; Winston Riley; Black Uhuru; Bunny Lee; Doctor Dread (Compilation); Bas Hartong (Compilation)

    Liner Note Author: Roger Steffens.
    No country has ever issued as much protest music as Jamaica, whose artists have released half a century's worth of songs calling for racial pride, repatriation, peace, brotherhood, cultural change, and the general and complete dismantling of all things Babylon. Out of this welter of protest, Trojan has picked 18 tracks for the fifth installment of its Reggae Pulse sampler series, a task that must have been daunting, since for every song selected, a dozen equally deserving ones had to be passed over, and this project could easily have been a multi-disc box set and still have been considered woefully incomplete. There are some obvious tracks here, including Peter Tosh's version of "Get Up, Stand Up," a song he co-wrote with Bob Marley while in the Wailers, Marley's own haunting declaration of intent, "Soul Rebel," and Third World's late-'70s history lesson, "1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade)." There are also some interesting surprises, like Delroy Wilson's resigned and hopeful "Better Must Come," which surmises that since things are so awful right now, "better must come one day." Two of the most striking tracks are 21st century interpretations of a couple of classic protest songs. Luciano restructures Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" into a magnificent statement, stripping out the rage and replacing it with a controlled resentment that seems all the more powerful when sung in Luciano's calm, measured voice. Bushman's reading of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" is also surprisingly effective, and given a Jamaican setting, the song rings with an added edge. What's collected here is obviously only the tip of the tip of the iceberg (one could easily fill a disc with Marley's protest songs alone, and Island's Rebel Music does exactly that), but as a sampler mixing in some classic tracks with some surprising new ones, Protest Songs accomplishes its mission, as long as one doesn't expect anything comprehensive. As Marley said, there's so much trouble in the world. Better must come. ~ Steve Leggett

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