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Tear It Up - Live
Black Uhuru
Tear It Up - Live
Genres: World Music, Pop
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All Artists: Black Uhuru
Title: Tear It Up - Live
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mango
Release Date: 3/3/1992
Album Type: Live
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016253969629, 016253969643

CD Reviews

Decent live disc
Tim Weber | Iowa | 08/22/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

""Tear It Up" doesn't completely do what its title promises, but it's a worthwhile purchase for the Black Uhuru completist. The band plays for an enthusiastic crowd at London's Rainbow Theatre in 1981, and seems to give the fans what they want. While good, it's not completely what I want. For one thing, the sound is mediocre, particularly Michael Rose's vocals. A cleaner sound what undoubtedly help. And since this is pre- "Red" and "Chill Out" the song selection is limited. In fact, six of the eight songs here are on the studio disc, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." Really, unless you want a lot of Black Uhuru, stick with that fine album, which has better sound, better performances and the long versions of each song, featuring dub versions. The total time on this live disc is pretty scimpy, too."
Best live reggae album ever
Mitch Bernstein | New York, NY United States | 07/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Crucial! This belongs in every reggae collection.Killer set of music from London with the band hitting on all cylinders...Sly and Robbie lay down serious dub riddim and the vocal harmonies are very clean for a live session.All the songs come from the guess who's coming to dinner album, but there is much more energy on the live album. Take this raw energy over the studio effects and you'll be rewarded Irie stylee"
Prime Uhuru
Mitch Bernstein | 09/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This live set from 1982 features VERY heavy dub-style reggae performed by what is generally regarded as the "classic" Uhuru line-up. Michael Rose and Puma Jones join mainstay Duckie Simpson on vocals, and the rhythm section consists of the incomparable Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare (who are at or near the absolute peak of their powers here.) By the standards of its era, the live mix and recording quality are quite good, particularly the HUGE-sounding bass and drums. The set list is well-chosen and played with admirable tightness and passion. My only complaint would be with regards to playtime -- at just over a half hour, the disc clocks in a bit lean. Nonetheless, this is IMHO one of the finest BU releases (along with "Red" and "Sinsemila") -- which is to say, some of the very best reggae you can buy."