Album: Burning Spear, Marcus Garvey/Garvey's Ghost (Island)

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Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey was one of the founding texts of 1970s roots reggae, an album which confirmed to the growing crossover British market that Bob Marley may just be the tip of a huge wave of talent about to break out of Jamaica.

Winston Rodney's fiery sermons were dedicated not so much to the religious precepts of Rastafarianism as to celebrating the actions of political activist Marcus Garvey, which enabled songs such as the title-track to be more easily adopted by outsiders, alongside Marley's "Get Up Stand Up", and the triumphal majesty of the Jack Ruby production remains undiminished to this day. This reissue pairs the album with the dub version prepared by Island's in-house mixers, which alongside Keith Hudson's Pick a Dub, first introduced dub methodology to a British audience.

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