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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Black Uhuru : Chill Out 1982



Formed: 1974 in Kingston, Jamaica
One of the most popular reggae acts ever and the first one to win a Grammy. They were the most successful act from Jamaica besides Bob Marley and had an enormous cross-over success during the early to mid 80s, mainly because of two facts: first: the fantastic rhythm section - consisting of the ever present drum & bass twins Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, who were actually a part of Black Uhuru during their most successful period; second: their sound was different - more accessible to Rock fans with uncompromising lyrics and their militant appearance. Their live shows were especially enigmatic.

They even had a top ten hit with ‘The Great Train Robbery’ in the UK and other European countries, their first song written and sung by Junior Reid. 

Chill Out is an album released in 1982 . That was repackaged and re-mixed for the international market with a different cover in 1984 (for no apparent reason).The album was recorded at Channel One Studios in Jamaica and produced by Sly & Robbie. Featuring The Revolutionaries, an influential session group, Chill Out, together with its dub companion The Dub Factor, is widely considered a classic of reggae music.

Chill Out peaked at #146 on Billboard's (North America) Pop Albums chart.


Released : December 1982
Genre : Reggae
Length : 35:44
Label :    Mango
Producer : Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare


All songs written and composed by Michael Rose. except No 1. ( By : Michael Rose, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Derrick "Duckie" Simpson )
No 8 and No 9 were written and composed by "Duckie" Simpson .

TRACKS

1. Chill Out                 5:58
2. Darkness                   4:00
3. Eye Market                3:16
4. Right Stuff               4:34
5. Mondays                   3:20
6. Fleety Foot               4:00
7. Wicked Act                3:26
8. Moya (Queen of I Jungle)  3:29
9. Emotional Slaughter          3:41


Personnel

    Wally Badarou - Synthesizer, Vocoder
    Barry Reynolds - Guitar on "Wicked Act"
    Ansel Collins - Piano, Keyboards
    Radcliff "Dougie" Bryan - Guitar
    Mikey Chung - Guitar
    Sly Dunbar - Drums, Syndrums, Arranger, Producer, Mixer
    Puma Jones - Harmony vocals
    Chris "Sky Juice" Blake - Percussion
    Robert Lyn - Piano
    Bertram "Ranchie" McLean - Rhythm guitar, organ
    Michael Rose - Vocals
    Robbie Shakespeare - Bass guitar, Arranger, Producer, Mixer
    Derrick "Duckie" Simpson - Harmony vocals
    Uziah "Sticky" Thompson - Percussion
    Bruce Hamilton - Engineer
    Steven Stanley - Engineer, Mixer
    Neville Garrick - Design
    Lynn Goldsmith - Photography


" Darkness "  Lyrics

Darkness, seems to glorify the world,
Darkness, seems to glorify the world.

What does it work to put yourself in a run town,
who told you to go obligation,
get off my back, Babylon !
there's a pride in each & everyone's stage of life.
i must keep Jah work and trim this foundation,
most of all, they go to bed and dem high in there head.

Darkness, seems to glorify the world,
Darkness, seems to glorify the world.

I see mothers & fathers wandering all over through material things,
is this a result of their sin?
every (time) look over my shoulder someone dies.


Darkness, seems to glorify the world,
Darkness, seems to glorify the world.

Yes my structure isn't random,
I am among the rioters eaters of flesh,
there is no return to your faulty destruction,
my blood is hot, you telling i.

Darkness, seems to glorify the world,
Darkness, seems to glorify the world.

With the good foot I climb the ladder of life.
Darker than blood, in a dis attention.
Trumpet & Voice are not for only celebration.
Let's struggle with the new generation:
"The Deaf", "The Dumb", "The Blind".

Darkness, seems to glorify the world,
Darkness, seems to glorify the world. 

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