Album: Junior Murvin, Police & Thieves (Deluxe Edition), (Island)

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Murvin's 1977 album remains a minor classic of roots riddim, but only a minor one.

The fluvial brilliance of the title track notwithstanding P&T does, however, lend itself well to the "deluxe" treatment, because of the vast productivity of Lee Perry's Black Ark studio, which never let an idle riddim go to waste and had enough primitive sound-manipulation devices to keep any stoner in rapture all night long. You get an additional 21 cuts, including Jah Lion's epic "Soldier and Police War". Natty is not the word. Dread is.

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