Ultimate Collection CD (1996)

Artist: Mutabaruka

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Product Overview


Label Shanachie
SKU 60047059
UPC 016351452627
UPC 14 00016351452627
Format CD
Release Date 4/23/1996
Author Mutabaruka
Associated Artist/Work African Head Charge
Associated Artist/Work Mighty Diamonds (The)
Artist Influence Big Youth
Artist Influence Bob Marley
Artist Influence Burning Spear
Artist Influence Fela Kuti
Artist Influence Gil Scott-Heron
Artist Influence I-Roy
Artist Influence Junior Murvin (Reggae)
Artist Influence Lee "Scratch" Perry
Artist Influence Linton Kwesi Johnson
Artist Influence Oku Onuora (Reggae)
Artist Influence Peter Tosh
Artist Influence Prince Buster
Artist Influence Prince Far I
Artist Influence The Last Poets
Artist Influence Toots & the Maytals
Artist Influence U-Roy
Artist Contemporary Aswad
Artist Contemporary Benjamin Zephaniah
Artist Contemporary Black Uhuru
Artist Contemporary Dillinger
Artist Contemporary Dub Syndicate
Artist Contemporary Eek-A-Mouse
Artist Contemporary Jean "Binta" Breeze
Artist Contemporary Lillian Allen
Artist Contemporary Linton Kwesi Johnson
Artist Contemporary Mad Professor
Artist Contemporary Oku Onuora (Reggae)
Artist Contemporary Prince Jazzbo
Artist Contemporary Queen Majeeda
Artist Contemporary Steel Pulse
Artist Contemporary Yasus Afari
Artist Contemporary Yellowman
Artist Follower Alpha & Omega
Artist Follower Anthony B
Artist Follower Bad Brains
Artist Follower Capleton
Artist Follower Cocoa Tea
Artist Follower DJ Spooky
Artist Follower Luciano
Artist Follower Macka B
Artist Follower Mikey General
Artist Follower Saul Williams
Artist Follower Shinehead
Artist Follower Sizzla
Artist Follower Spearhead
Artist Follower Tony Rebel
Technical Info
CatalogID 45026
Lable Name Shanachie Records
Released 04/23/1996
Original Release 1996
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 69m : 33s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00016351452627
Musical Guests
Sugar Minott
Sly Dunbar
Ini Kamoze
David Madden
Marcia Griffiths
Dennis Brown
Album Notes and Credits
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.
Producers: Mutabaruka (tracks 1, 3-4; 6-8, 10-16); Gussie Clark (track 2); Fatis Burrell, Mutabaruka (tracks 5, 9).
Includes liner notes by Doug Wendt.
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).
Liner Note Author: Doug Wendt.
Recording information: 1987-1994.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Harry T. Powell; High Times Players; Marcia Griffiths.
Arrangers: Earl "Chinna" Smith ; Leebert Morrison; Mutabaruka.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Disc 1
1 Dis Poem
2 Great Kings Of Africa - (with Dennis Brown/Ini Kamoze)
3 Garvey
4 Bun Dung Babylon
5 Wise Up - (with Sugar Minott)
6 People's Court Part I
7 Junk Food
8 H-2 Worker
9 Psalms 24 - (with Luciano)
10 Johnny Drughead - (12" mix, previously unreleased)
11 Famine Injection
12 Any Which Way Freedom
13 People's Court Part II
14 Walking On Gravel - (with Ini Kamoze/Marcia Griffiths)
15 Witeman Country - (previously unreleased, live)
16 I Am De Man
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