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Although I'm generally not fond of two-LP live sets, this one is an major exception. Recorded at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on what would be LKJ's last major tour, this set features some of his best material and shows off what a hot band the Dub Band were live. There are some solo spots by Johnson, but even without music, these poems are dramatic and rhythmically intense. This has since been reissued on one CD, which along with the enhanced fidelity also means you can hear the entire concert seamlessly, not a bad thing. At the time of its release, LKJ was planning another sabbatical, so this record would have to hold fans for six years.


Born: 24 August 1952 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Although he has only released one album of new material in the last ten years, and virtually retired from the live stage after his 1985 tour, Linton Kwesi Johnson remains a towering figure in reggae music. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in the Brixton section of London, Johnson invented dub poetry, a type of toasting descended from the DJ stylings of U-Roy and I-Roy. But whereas toasting tended to be hyperkinetic and given to fits of braggadocio, Johnson's poetry (which is what it was -- he...
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