Sunday, January 17, 2016

Day 78 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Burning Spear - Man In The Hills

Winston Rodney originally used the name Burning Spear for his vocal duo with bass singer Rupert Willington who recorded their first single "Door Peep" for Coxsone Dodd in 1969.  Shortly thereafter they became a trio when they were joined by tenor Delroy Hinds and went on to cut more tracks for Dodd and eventually for sound system operator Jack Ruby.  It was with Ruby that they unintentionally scored their big hit "Slavery Days" when the tune they had cut exclusively for use on the Ocho Rios based Jack Ruby Hi-Fi was released as a single.  Their third album, the absolute classic, Marcus Garvey, debuted in 1975 and immediately got the group noticed by Island Records, but upon its international release it was discovered that the folks over at Island had changed the speed on some tracks and remixed others.  This lead Rodney to establish his own Burning Music label so that he would have complete artistic control of any future releases.  The next year Burning Spear recorded and released the albums Garvey's Ghost and Man In The Hills.  The same year he also split with the other group members, took the name Burning Spear for himself and hasn't looked back since.  For the 78th tune in the 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge we're gonna hear the title track from "Man In The Hills" and it has been a favorite Burning Spear song of mine for years.

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