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Format: CD
Sku: 60047059
UPC: 016351452627
UPC 14: 00016351452627
Release Date: 4/23/1996
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Dis Poem ~ Mutabaruka
2. Great Kings Of Africa - (with Dennis Brown/Ini Kamoze) ~ Mutabaruka
3. Garvey ~ Mutabaruka
4. Bun Dung Babylon ~ Mutabaruka
5. Wise Up - (with Sugar Minott) ~ Mutabaruka
6. People's Court Part I ~ Mutabaruka
7. Junk Food ~ Mutabaruka
8. H-2 Worker ~ Mutabaruka
9. Psalms 24 - (with Luciano) ~ Mutabaruka
10. Johnny Drughead - (12" mix, previously unreleased) ~ Mutabaruka
11. Famine Injection ~ Mutabaruka
12. Any Which Way Freedom ~ Mutabaruka
13. People's Court Part II ~ Mutabaruka
14. Walking On Gravel - (with Ini Kamoze/Marcia Griffiths) ~ Mutabaruka
15. Witeman Country - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Mutabaruka
16. I Am De Man ~ Mutabaruka
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Mutabaruka (vocals, repetah & fundi drums, percussion); Dennis Brown, Ini Kamoze, Gary Saddler, Sugar Minott, Luciano (vocals); Leebert "Gibby" Morrison (acoustic & electric guitars, bass, percussion); Earl "Chinna" Smith (acoustic & electric guitars); Fazel Prendergast, Dalton Brownie (guitar); Dean Frazier, Dan Frazier (saxophone, background vocals); Chico (trumpet, background vocals); David Madden (trumpet); Nambo (trombone, background vocals); Danny Brownie (piano, synthesizer); Anthony "Asher" Brissett (keyboards, synthesizer); Franklin "Bubbler" Waul, Danny Bassie, Phillip Roane (keyboards); Handel Tucker (keyboards, synthesizer, keyboard programming); Steelie, Christopher Meredith, Michael Fletcher (bass); Wilburn "Squiddly" Cole (drums, drum programming); Clevie Brownie, Desi Jones, Basil Creary, Sly Dunbar (drums); Harry T. Powell (repetah, brass & bass drums, percussion); Karl Messado, Lee Ford Jeremiah (congas); Princess Addisa, Princess Tsobbe, Ishama Hope, Marcia Griffiths, Wisdom, Michelle Anderson, Leaba Hibbert, Leggo, Muniar Zacca, Tynsi (background vocals); The High Times Players.
Muze PNote Producers: Mutabaruka (tracks 1, 3-4; 6-8, 10-16); Gussie Clark (track 2); Fatis Burrell, Mutabaruka (tracks 5, 9).
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Doug Wendt.
Muze PNote Personnel: Mutabaruka (vocals, drums, percussion); Dennis Brown, Ishama Hope, Princess Tsobbe, Muniar Zacca, Princess Addisa, Gary Saddler, Ini Kamoze, Tynsi, Ishama, Marcia Griffiths, Leggo (vocals); Leebert Morrison (guitar, acoustic guitar, saxophone, bass guitar, percussion); Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar, acoustic guitar); Dalton Brownie (guitar, piano, synthesizer); Dalton Browne (guitar); Dean Fraser (saxophone, background vocals); Chico Chin (trumpet, background vocals); David Madden (trumpet); Nambo (trombone, background vocals); Danny Brownie (piano, synthesizer); Handel Tucker (keyboards, synthesizer, keyboard programming); Anthony "Asher" Brissett (keyboards, synthesizer); Michael Fletcher (keyboards, bass guitar); Franklyn Waul, Phillip Rhone, Danny Bassie (keyboards); Steelie, Christopher Meredith (bass guitar); Harry T. Powell (drums, bass drum, percussion); Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole (drums, drum programming); Cleveland "Clevie" Browne, Basil Craery, Desi Jones, Sly Dunbar, Basil "Benbow" Creary (drums); Karl Messado, Lee Ford Jerimiah (congas); Gibby (percussion); Wisdom, Michelle Anderson (background vocals).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Doug Wendt.
Muze PNote Recording information: 1987-1994.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Harry T. Powell; High Times Players; Marcia Griffiths.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Earl "Chinna" Smith ; Leebert Morrison; Mutabaruka.
Muze PNote Though THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION skips over some of Mutabaruka's important output, notably his RAS Records re-issued debut, CHECK IT!, the compilation does draw from the dub poet's fine Shanachie albums, MELANIN MAN, ANY WHICH WAY FREEDOM, and THE MYSTERY UNFOLDS, among others. Mutabaruka's mission to raise consciousness about political injustice, racial discrimination, and the roots of black identity first came to fruition as written poetry (he published three patois-driven books in Jamaica) before he decided to set his words to music. The musical backing on his albums is a striking combination of deep roots rhythms and studio dub treatments, creating a tense sonic landscape for the poet's messages.
Muze PNote This release will be of particular interest to Mutabaruka fans for its inclusion of several previously unreleased singles, including a number of collaborations--"Great Kings of Africa" (with Dennis Brown and Ini Kamoze), "Wise Up" (with dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott), and "Psalms 24" (with Luciano). In addition, there are album tracks like the heady, shuffling "Bun Dung Babylon" and a live version of the classic "Witeman Country." THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, along with CHECK IT!, provides an excellent overview of Mutabaruka's most important work.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Sugar Minott
Muze Guest Artist Luciano
Muze Guest Artist Sly Dunbar
Muze Guest Artist Ini Kamoze
Muze Guest Artist David Madden
Muze Guest Artist Marcia Griffiths
Muze Guest Artist Dennis Brown

Artist Overview

Along with Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mutabaruka (born Allan Hope) is one of reggae's foremost "dub poets." In a musical framework of roots reggae and dub, he spins poetic narratives full of strong socio-political messages. His landmark 1982 debut album, CHECK IT, full of angry, outspoken material, made an enormous impact on the reggae world. Mutabaruka's declamatory style is so arresting that even completely non-political "toasters" and dance-hall rappers owe much of their approach to his influential work.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations If Jah
Muze Music Compilations Creation Rebel
Muze Music Compilations Dakar Kingston
Muze Music Compilations Reggae Golden Jubilee:origins Of Jama

Associated Artists and Works

African Head Charge
Mighty Diamonds (The)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/23/1996
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1996
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 45026
Music Label Name Label : Shanachie Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00016351452627

Professional Reviews

Q (8/96, p.145)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "Astringent compilation from the ferociously political dub poet, an established Jamaican hero. Liberal culcha tourist tugs chin respectfully..."

Alternative Press (8/96, p.81)
- 4 (out of 5)
- "...Muta doesn't so much intone his words over the reggae as he does accuse and incite. He points the finger unsparingly....With a couple of singles and a live track, this becomes a satisfying mix, and certainly a profound introduction to his particular brand of bass culture..."

The Beat (V.14 #4 1996, p.14)
- "If for some reason unknown to me you have only one Mutabaruka album in your collection, this by far is the one to have."

Reggae Report (V.14 #6 1996, p.40)
- 3-1/2 Stars (out of 5)
- Good/Excellent - "...Mutabaruka uses his very unique sense of humor as well as his powerful delivery to get across his positive messages of black pride....His poignant and sometimes harsh words speak thousands....a good addition to any collection."

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