Black Uhuru - Black Sounds of Freedom - Huge Roots Revive Reggae LP

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Black Uhuru - Black Sounds of Freedom

Label: Greensleeves Records – GREL 23
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: Canada
Record: VG+ VG++ few light scuffs (listen to our copy)
Cover: VG+ edgewear, cornerwear
Style: Roots Reggae


A1 I Love King Selassie
A2 Satan Army Band
A3 Time To Unite
A4 Natural Mystic
A5 Eden Out Deh

B1 Love Crisis
B2 African Love
B3 Hard Ground
B4 Willow Tree
B5 Sorry For The Man


Bass – Mikey, Robbie Shakespeare
Drums – Santa, Sly Dunbar
Electronic Drums [Syndrums] – Style Scott
Guitar – Bingy Bunny
Guitar [Lead] – Bo Pee, Chinna
Harmonica – Johnny Osbourne
Horns – Headly, Bobby, Cedric
Mastered By – Ray Staff
Organ, Clavinet – Winston Wright
Percussion – Scully
Piano – Gladstone Anderson, Keith Sterling
Producer, Engineer, Remix – Prince Jammy
Strings – Earl "Wire" Lindo


Rhythms laid at Harry J's Recording studio.
Voiced and mixed at King Tubby's.
Original Recording 1977
Remixed by Prince Jammy at King Tubby's 1981

(P)&(C)1981 Greensleeves Records Ltd.
44 Uxbridge Road London
Published by Greensleeves
Publishing / Sparta Florida Music
Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode (Scanned): 601811002315

Critics always fall over themselves to praise B.U.'s Red album (also an excellent record), but Black Sounds of Freedom is without a doubt Black Uhuru's finest moment and one of the best Reggae albums ever. Made early on before Puma Jones joined the band, this is more roots oriented and does not have the dance rhythms and programmed drums of some of their early-80s material. The record has a great flow, with tight musicianship and emotional vocals. All the songs are outstanding, including a cover of Bob Marley's "Natural Mystic". Also note that the band recorded versions of Eden Out Deh, Satan Army Band, Willow Tree and Time to Unite on later albums. You can't go wrong with this record.

Black Uhuru is a vocal trio formed by Don Carlos, Duckie Simpson and Garth Dennis. But the group is best known from the days in which Michael Rose was responsible for the lead vocals. Many, many have comne to apprecilove Reggae Music by the works of Black Uhuru. This album is no different, it's a real gem in a collection of jewelry!

Black Sounds Of Freedom contains ten beautifull Roots Reggae tracks provided by Prince Jammy's. They're recorded in the days that Michael Rose just joined Black Uhuru. The sounds are really crucial: driven by the innovative drumming of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare's solid basslines, and mixed by the mighty Prince Jammy. It contains the reggae classic "I Love King Selassie" and a very beautiful cover from Bob Marley's "Natural Mystic".

Originally this album was released in 1977 as a debut album and entitled Love Crisis, but it was re-released in 1981, this time it containing different drums and also the mixes were different. Many drum rhythms have changed from One Drops to Steppers beats.

I would like to add some special notes about Sly Dunbar's drumming on the album. I think that he is using very progressive steppers beats, on most tracks of the album at least. It's a true blessing to listen to his drumming and trying to follow it with the ear and heart.

Black Uhuru - Natural Mystic

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Black Uhuru - I Love King Selassie (Live At Rockpalast, 1981)

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Black Uhuru - Sorry For The Man

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Black Uhuru - Willow Tree (1981)

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Label Greensleeves Records