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Product Overview


Label Universal Int'l
SKU 202290788
UPC 731451027321
UPC 14 00731451027321
Format CD
Release Date 4/12/1995
Author I Jahman
Technical Info
CatalogID 5102732
Lable Name Island (Label)
Released 04/12/1995
Original Release 1978
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731451027321
Album Notes and Credits
German edition.
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.
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.
Disc 1
1 Jah Heavy Load
2 Jah Is No Secret
3 Zion Hut
4 I'm a Levi
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