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Social Living
Burning Spear
Social Living
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Social Living sees Burning Spear (a.k.a. Winston Rodney) fully finding the sound he'd developed during the mid-'70s. It's dry and bass heavy, and the horns add little licks of color while his own voice and socially conscio...  more »

      
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All Artists: Burning Spear
Title: Social Living
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blood & Fire Records
Release Date: 7/18/1995
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Jamaica, Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 783564000425, 783564000418

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Social Living sees Burning Spear (a.k.a. Winston Rodney) fully finding the sound he'd developed during the mid-'70s. It's dry and bass heavy, and the horns add little licks of color while his own voice and socially conscious lyrics--Black Power leader Marcus Garvey and black culture remain prime subjects--take center stage. It helps that he uses some first-class musicians, including Sly and Robbie and Earl "Chinna" Smith, but there's little doubt that this is his very personal vision of reggae, which is as instantly identifiable as that of, say, Bob Marley. This is superb material, especially the title track, which has become a standard in Spear's repertoire. But there's no letdown on the entire album, making it an intense and essential reggae experience. It's perhaps the purest distillation of what Spear has always attempted to do, harnessing dub effects here and there to accent the arrangements, and it still stands as a highlight in a long and prolific career. --Chris Nickson

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CD Reviews

This work is Winston Rodney's masterpiece!
08/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd is a true work of art. It contains enchanting beats in true Spear fashion. These songs will allow you to recall a captivating stage presence and true reggae ambasador. I always include tracks from this cd on tapes for friends!"
Intense
Arvid Broddefalk | Uppsala, Sweden | 02/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album shows Burning Spear at his peak. The music is very intense and dark, where the expressive vocal style matches the repetive grooves perfectly. Listening to e.g. "Institution" or "Jah No Dead" there can be no doubt that BS is serious regarding the lyrical messages."
Jah No Dead!!!..............8stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fetus420 | San Marcos,Texas | 01/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of my favorite Burning Spear albums of all time I just finally got a hold of this album the other day (T.Y. Jah LOL)and believe me it wasn't easy since this album has never been issiued for release in the United States any ways this album is tied for 2nd best Burning Spear album of all time (on my list) of course "Marcus Garvey/Garveys Ghost" is First but, "Burning Spear"(self titled Studio One realease is very excellent and also impossible to get), Then you got "Hail H.I.M." a excellent album, then of course you got "Social Living" another excellent album so buy all the Burning Spear albums I just mentioned cause they all rule.!!!!!!!BURNING SPEAR RULES!!!!!!!!!!!Winston Rodney For President in 2004"