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Two Sevens Clash
Genres: World Music, Pop
"Are you ready for reggae in its entirety?" Culture frontman Joseph Hill is wont to challenge audiences. Ready or not, Culture's been hurling lightning-'n'-thunder reggae prophesy--live and on numerous classic sets--for ne... more »
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"Are you ready for reggae in its entirety?" Culture frontman Joseph Hill is wont to challenge audiences. Ready or not, Culture's been hurling lightning-'n'-thunder reggae prophesy--live and on numerous classic sets--for nearly three decades. The most feverish of the act's consistently inspired output has to be the apocalyptic Two Sevens Clash, which includes the close-second warrior anthems "I'm Not Ashamed" and "See Them a Come." No matter that 1977 came and went without a ripple; it's all Hill's--a mesmerizing preacher-teacher who's still singing at the crossroads where Rastaman gospel meets Hendrix's acid communion. --Elena Oumano
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Classic album, bad mix
Anax | 03/06/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This recording is a classic. Every song is good, but the sound quality is poor on this particular CD. I don't know what it is. Indie reggae CDs have this habit of careless mixes that have a lot of background noise. Anoyne who buys a lot of reggae music will recognize the rough sound on this CD as representative of that. It's really frustrating because good quality mixes are out there. For example, the song "Two Sevens Clash" is pristine on the "various artists" box set, The Story of Jamaican Music, so you know there's clean tape out there. Why is it, then, that Sanachie's release here sounds so rough? I give this five-star album only three stars because Sanachie messed it up."
Fe go ride de lion!
luminousmoose | Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken Japan | 01/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just started getting some serious roots together when I came accross the many references to this LP. I was dubious 1) of the universal praise given to this record 2) the dodgy cover, and when I got it 3) the production. BUT: After a couple of pleasant enough plays, this record, every track, will get under your skin (so much so that after a couple of plays I was sure they must be covers). The music is outstanding yet understated, the lyrics and vocals are among the best I've heard in any genre. It's just magnificent through and through, so don't hesitate to buy it."
Seminal roots reggae group's immaculate debut
Thomas Aikin | San Diego, CA | 05/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Culture is one the many great roots reggae groups who have unfortunately been dwarfed by the legend of Bob Marley. While they never had the international appeal of Marley, their music is certianly of a similar class. Two Sevens Clash is their debut album and remains not only their best, but one of the best reggae albums ever committed to tape. Culture consists of the standard male vocal trio, fronted by Joseph Hill. Hill is also the primary songwriter and a devout Rastafarian. Hill has an incredible vocal presence, they sound more like prophecy than song. He and the rest of group are impassioned and inspired throughout this album littered with classics. The songs are excellently produced without losing any of the fire and menace. The title track is the acknowledged classic, but songs like "The Black Starliner" and "I'm Not Afraid" are of an equally torrid level. Recommended for anyone looking to explore reggae."