Black Uhuru The Ultimate Collection
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- Released: March 14, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Hip-O Records
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Black Uhuru: Michael Rose (vocals); Robbie Shakespeare (piano, bass); Sly Dunbar (drums); Sandra "Puma" Jones, Derek "Duckie" Simpson, Errol Nelson (background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Junior Reid (vocals); Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan, Bertram "Ranchie" McLean, Mikey "Mao" Chung, Barry Reynolds (guitar); Herman Marquis (alto saxophone); Tommy McCook (tenor saxophone); Vin Gordon (trombone); David Madden, Chico Chin, Dean Fraser, Ronald "Nambo" Robinson (horns); Ansel Collins (piano, organ); Robbie Lyn, Keith Sterling (piano); Tyrone Downie (organ); Franklin "Bubbler" Waul (keyboards); Wally Badarou (synthesizer); George Fullwood (bass); Carlton "Santa" Davis, Carlton Barrett (drums); Uziah "Sticky" Thompson, Ruddy Thomas, Sky Juice (percussion).
Producers: Michael Rose, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare.
Compilation producer: Dana G. Smart.
Recorded at Channel One Studio, Harry J's Recording Studio Joe Gibbs Studio Dynamic Sound Studios & King Tubby's, Kingston, Jamaica; Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas; Includes liner notes by Dana G. Smart.
Digitally mastered by Erick Labson.
Personnel: Junior Reid, Michael Rose (vocals).
Photographers: Lynn Goldsmith; Adrian Boot; Mike Prior; Jonnie Black; Tommy Noonan.
Part of Universal/Hip-O's series of classic reggae anthologies, Black Uhuru's ULTIMATE COLLECTION comes closer than some to living up to such a daunting title. Almost all of these 17 tracks come from Black Uhuru's classic late '70s/early '80s lineup featuring vocalists Michael Rose and the late Sandra "Puma" Jones, two of the finest singers in reggae history. (Indeed, there are those who feel that Rose's piercing tenor is up there with Marvin Gaye's and Sam Cooke's as one of the greatest male voices in pop.)
Powered by the legendary production team/rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Black Uhuru pulled off the tricky feat of making reggae records which appealed to pop and rock fans without sounding like watered-down sell-out attempts. All of the classics, from the ganja-praising "Sinsemilla" to the religious politics of "I Love King Selassie" and "World Is Africa," are present and accounted for.
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