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Hail Him
Burning Spear
Hail Him
Genres: World Music, Pop
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All Artists: Burning Spear
Title: Hail Him
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 1/1/1980
Re-Release Date: 7/30/2002
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724353597825

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Hail This Record!
doggiedogma | Mob Town USA | 04/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is noticeable for the fact that it has Bob Marley's backing band, "The Wailers" laying down the grooves and beats for Winston Rodney (aka Burning Spear). The album features a terrific drawing by Neville Garrick depicting Haile Selassie in full imperial dress riding a white horse, with the sand dunes of Ethiopa as the backdrop. This album released in 1980, was never released in the United States until the Heartbeat CD of this album came out in 1994! Was the shunning of this album by America for fourteen years due to the fact that the record was no good? Here are my reviews of the songs based out of 5 *****:
"Hail H.I.M." - Hail H.I.M. (His Imperial Majesty) starts with Winston shouting "Hail Jah Rastafari!" A very laid-back, mellow, thick groove starts the journey. "Hail HIM" is chanted in the background throughout the song. Aston lays down a funky, grooving bass line that is very dub like. The groove is soooo heavy, the thickness/heaviness is almost palpable! It feels as if a cloud of thick smoke is hanging/shrouding the piece (and there proably was)! A GREAT TUNE! Rating - *****
"Columbus" -The keyboards are more prominant here, along with chugging guitar, congas and heavy bass lines. This song tells the tale of how the Arawak Indians were were the first people in the "Americas" NOT Mr. Columbus. "Christopher Colombus is a damn-blasted liar!" shouts Winston with a ton of emotion. "He's a liar!" is repeated as the song closes out. Another FANTASTIC tune with some thought-provoking lyrics. Rating - *****
"Road Foggy" - The horn section introduces this tune, accompanied with some great multiple percussion instruments and cool triangle playing. Very heavy bass lines again from the "Family Man". He keeps a groovy, melloooow beat going throughout the piece. A very moody, heavy atmosphere permeates this song. Winston sings "The road is so foggy, foggy. So foggy, foggy." Probably from the thick smoke of the burning Kind! Hypnotic! Rating - ****
"Follow Marcus Garvey" - Aston begins this with ANOTHER heavy bass groove, accompanied with low Tenor and Alto sax playing in the background. Chugging guitar, and smooth guitar licks from Junior Marvin gives this piece some added punch. You'll want to catch the next "Black Star Liner" out of town after listening to Winston preach! Rating - ****
"Jah See And Know" - The horn section takes front stage on this piece. Thumping bass and chugging guitars. DAMN! Aston Barrett has to the HEAVIEST/FUNKIEST cat to walk this planet! This guy can keep a groove going like no-one else! "Your hearts desire. Your meditations. Your thinking. Your doing. Jah Jah see and know yes." That can either be good news or BAD news! Rating - *****
"African Teacher" - Keyboards kick off this piece and a chugging guitar soon follows. Junior gets in some great guitar licks and Aston lays down the thick beat. "Teach me teacher" is chanted in the backgound. Conga rolls from Winston are heard throughout. A great, moody, "Teach me Aramaic teacher!" song! Classic! Rating - *****
"African Postman" - My favorite cut from this album. Opens with Winston lecturing his son about the "African Postman". Repeated chime clanging helps to herald in the postman and call everyone to hear the latest news. "Them a Holy folk." proclaims Winston and this phrase is chanted repeatedly in the background. Aston lays down a VERY HEAVY bass groove! Awesome song! Rating - *****
"Cry Blood Africans" - Winston wails "Cry Blood Africa!" at the start of this tune. Winston's sadness is apparant and very emotive. Chunky bass and moody horns add dimension. "Cry Africa" is chanted in the background. "The whole world feels it when the African continent cry." Rating - ****
"Jah a Guh Raid" - I love this song. Winston's anger/feelings come through like a Burning Spear! "Raid em' Jah" is chanted in the background while Winston's call for vengance "You raid em'! Someone gots to pay!" sends chills down your spine. "You raid em' Jah!" pleads Winston! Keyboards are prominant as well as chugging guitar. GREAT tune! RAting - *****
This album is a CLASSIC piece of music! The refusal to release this record in America for FOURTEEN years just proves that the powers that be fear the masses having knowledge. This album is a stirring call for the world to WAKE UP and realize they are being duped! Winston Rodney crafted one fo the greatest records ever. This is a classic piece of MUSIC that will educate, invigorate and spur debate wherever it is heard. Feed your soul. Get this album!"
Reggae Masterpiece....
Andrea Oyarce Castro | Santiago de Chile | 03/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 1980, Winston Rodney, better known as the "Burning Spear", turned to The Wailers bass player Aston "Family Man" Barret to produce his first EMI album. Spear was seeking a major career breakthrouh in a period of rapidly changing tastes. The Roots Reggae had reached its climax in the mid seventies and by the end of the decade it seemed to deteriorate, giving place to other external musical influence and even some incipient prototypes of dance-hall style. "But people who are interested in our music will get to hear it. I can't beg" Burning Spear told once, in an environment where disco music prevailed in regular airplay and musical charts. The album is divided between hymns to JAH Rastafari, chants of repatriation to the mother land of Africa, and accurates historic descriptions:"First gangster/first bad boy/first rude boy/Cristopher Columbus!".
Spear's outstanding 1980 album is complete from beginnimg to end, no weak side at all. I guess I can't say this from many albums made this year, including Marley's "Uprising"(who by these period was trying hard to get to black american audience)."Hail H.I.M." must be listened very carefully and open minded considering you're being part of a musical masterpiece experience where every song paves the way to the next one.Musicians included Nelson Miller on drums, Junior Marvin on lead guitar, Tyrone Downie and Earl Lindo on keyboards, Family Man Barret on bass plus a horn section. This trascendant album can easily be considered as reggae's peak achievement, chek it out you won't regret it."