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Artist: I Jahman
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Format: CD
Sku: 202290788
UPC: 731451027321
UPC 14: 00731451027321
Release Date: 4/12/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Jah Heavy Load
2. Jah Is No Secret
3. Zion Hut
4. I'm a Levi

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote German edition.
Muze PNote In the context of bloated reggae CDs, where 10 tracks are unacceptable, 15 the norm, and 20 the maximum, Ijahman Levi's four-track, 35-minute HAILE I HYMN (CHAPTER 1) seems a total rip-off. It's not. Instead, the 1978 album represents the golden roots era of Marley and the Wailers, and Chris Blackwell's crossover-oriented Island Records.
Muze PNote HAILE I HYMN stands as Ijahman Levi's masterpiece. His plaintive vocals convey Babylon weariness and uplift simultaneously, while the inspired lyrics reaffirm simple faith and Rasta beliefs. The rhythms are late-'70s reggae rock, the riddim-makers men like Sly, Robbie, and Earl "Chinna" Smith, as well as rocker Steve Winwood and Afro-popster Del Richardson. "Jah Heavy Load" is a reggae classic, its soaring melody and sweeping lyrics flowing like a brook into the lovely "Jah is No Secret," which borrows from Psalm 137 ("By the rivers of Babylon..."). With its foundation of Nyahbinghi drumming, "Zion Hut" approaches a more modern reggae sound, albeit poppier and less sparse. Ijahman's dramatically audible and emotional intakes of breath occasionally get the best of him, but HAILE I HYMN is a classic, and a beautiful musical testament to belief and hope.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/12/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1978
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5102732
Music Label Name Label : Island (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731451027321

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